‘STEP’ Truck Electrification Project Administered by Cascade Sierra
Shorepower Technologies is talking up electricity to reduce truck idling, with benefits including reduced fuel consumption and “a sound night’s sleep.”
The $1-per-hour service compares with as much as a gallon of diesel, at $4, to idle, Shorepower says.
“By plugging trucks into a power pedestal, drivers can operate heating, air conditioning and cab appliances without having to leave the truck idling during their mandatory 10-hour rest periods,” the company says.
Shorepower equipment is being installed around the country, the New York- and Oregon-based firm said May 9, detailing 24 electrified parking spaces at a Broadway Flying J Plaza on Interstate 35 at Exit 144 (no. 32 on the map above), between Des Moines and the Minnesota state line in Williams, Iowa.
The Broadway Group is an early adopter of plug-in power for trucks, having added the service to a location at Ellensburg, Wash.
“Plug-in power means drivers can have cab comforts including temperature control without the noise and air pollution of idling,” said Broadway Group owner Dan Alsaker. “This is a service truckers need. We want to be the kind of facility a driver can get a lot of good use out of.”
Shorepower pedestals provide access to 120 VAC, 208 VAC or 240 VAC power sources for $1 per hour, with cable TV and wireless Internet extra. Access and payment can be handled with a credit card, gift card, smartphone, laptop or toll-free customer service hotline.
With diesel fuel at $4 a gallon or more, idling can easily cost $40 or more per stop, Shorepower says.
“The higher the price of diesel fuel gets, the more attractive it is to plug in,” Alsaker said.
Installation of plug-in power technology at Broadway Flying J is part of the Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP), a federally funded program aimed at reducing truck idling. Broadway Flying J is one of 50 locations to receive the power pedestals through the program, which is administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions, a Eugene, Ore.-based non-profit, in partnership with Shorepower Technologies under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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