Pilot Travel Centers and IdleAire Technologies Corp., have signed an exclusive long-term agreement allowing installation of IdleAire Advanced Travel Center Electrification (ATE) technology in the truck parking lots of every current and future Pilot-owned travel center across the nation. The first locations are already in the planning stages and are expected to be installed in California, Indiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Arkansas and many other locations over the next several months.
“We’re obviously very pleased to have this agreement with Pilot,” said IdleAire Chief Operating Officer David Everhart. “Pilot has a very large footprint across the U.S. that will help us meet our goal of building a widespread nationwide network of IdleAire service locations. In the coming months IdleAire will accelerate our national build out in Pilot locations in many states. It’s wonderful to have two great companies in the same industry that complement each other so well, especially since both companies are headquartered here in Knoxville.”
Said Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam: “The best thing that could happen to the Travel Center industry is for a company like IdleAire to create a system that solves the idling challenge for the trucking industry and improves drivers’ lifestyles while creating new revenue for travel centers . . . all without creating additional expense for our fleet customers.”
IdleAire has already signed approximately 50,000 drivers, allowing them to turn off their engines and use in-cab accessories while they rest. The system has been installed in 12 locations with 535 parking spaces. The company estimates that it has already been used by drivers more than 72,000 times, totaling nearly one million hours of use, has reduced diesel emissions by over 9,000 tons and conserved approximately 1 million gallons of diesel fuel.