Anon-line survey has been set up by a coalition of companies to allow truck drivers to voice their opinion about the use of AC power at truckstops.
Xantrex Technology, which is part of the coalition, said truckstops would like to provide power, but needs evidence of demand.
Dave McClure, marketing director for Petro, said his company has always had an open ear to driver and fleet needs and is willing to explore truckstop electrification if asked.
"We have a partnership with fleets, so if they come to us with a request, we'll listen," he said.
"I strongly believe that truckstop electrification makes sense," said George Strickland, director of engineering and construction for Travel Centers of America. " Putting in power at truckstops is not cheap. We can't afford to make the investment unless we know there is demand. That's why we've been unwilling to go 'first.'"
According to the Argonne National Laboratory, trucks idle away more than 838-million gallons or $1 billion of fuel per year. The more fleets can reduce idling through "shore power," the more they can save in fuel costs, the coalition said.