SOURCE: Ryder System, Inc.

October 29, 2007 08:15 ET

Ryder Unveils Line of "Green" Tractor and Trailer Solutions

Equipment Specifications and Options Improve Fuel Efficiency, Reduce Emissions, and Meet Higher EPA Standards

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced the launch of its RydeGreen™ line of tractors and trailers, designed to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Responding to increasing market demand for cost-effective, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions, the new RydeGreen™ line offers customers the latest technology and design to help reduce idling and help improve fuel efficiency.

As part of the RydeGreen™ line, Ryder has partnered with Freightliner® to offer two sleeper tractors, the Columbia and the Century. The tractors are built to meet the demands of long-haul trucking and come equipped with special features that have earned them the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new eco-friendly SmartWay® designation.

Specifically configured trailer packages from Great Dane® and Utility® offer aerodynamic features and weight-saving options that further enhance fuel efficiency. In addition, understanding the significant impact driver behavior has on fuel efficiency, to complement the RydeGreen™ equipment, Ryder provides online driver training programs to customers through Ryder Pro-TREAD. Ryder Pro-TREAD includes courses that improve driving skills and performance, and teaches drivers simple techniques to reduce fuel consumption.

"Ryder's outsourced transportation solutions have historically extended the benefits of our environmental expertise, state-of-the-art maintenance practices, and access to the latest technology to maximize the performance and efficiency of customers' transportation functions," said Tony Tegnelia, President of Ryder's U.S. Fleet Management Solutions. "With RydeGreen™ vehicles and Ryder Pro-TREAD training programs, Ryder is making it even easier for customers of all sizes to comply with higher EPA '07 emissions standards and improve the fuel efficiency of their fleets."

The Freightliner® sleeper tractors include several "green" features, including 2007 engine technology, an auxiliary power unit to reduce idling, frame-side fairings to reduce wind resistance, an automated direct drive transmission, and fuel efficient drive tires. Great Dane® and Utility® trailers include weight-saving designs and materials, side skirts, low rolling resistance tires, gap reducers, and automatic tire inflation systems. For more information about RydeGreen™ visit To register for a Ryder Pro-TREAD driver training course, go to and click on online driver training.

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Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Ryder's stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Ryder ranks 362nd on the Fortune 500 and 1,458th on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

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