Truckstops to offer anti-idling technology

Oct. 10, 2011
Five truckstops in California and one in Texas will be installing anti-idling technology from Shorepower Technologies. The five locations, all Pilot Flying J facilities, will install Shorepower’s power pedestals

Five truckstops in California and one in Texas will be installing anti-idling technology from Shorepower Technologies. The five locations, all Pilot Flying J facilities, will install Shorepower’s power pedestals.

The travel centers installing the devices are in Bakersfield, Dunnigan, Lebec, Lodi and Weed in California, and in Dallas, TX. Each site will have between 24 and 48 electrified parking spots. Installation is expected to take between 3 and 6 months.

“Pilot Flying J is proud to be part of a program that reduces greenhouse emissions,” said Bill Mulligan, vice president of development for Pilot Flying J. “By offering Shorepower technology at these locations, we hope to provide additional convenience and cost savings for professional drivers. The convenience of our customers is always our top priority.”

By connecting to the devices, drivers can operate in-cab heating and air-conditioning systems, communications, and entertainment equipment without idling of the truck.

“This is a huge validation for the benefits of truckstop electrification (TSA),” said Jeff Kim, president & CEO of Shorepower Technologies. “When a company of the size and reach of Pilot Flying J recognizes TSE as something its customers want and need, and commits to offering that service to them, that sends a message.”

The Pilot Flying J installations are part of the Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP), a federally funded program aimed at reducing truck idling. Qualifying truckstops can receive a complete TSE system at no cost to them and with Shorepower handling paperwork and other details.

The program is administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions, a Eugene, Ore., -based organization, in partnership with Shorepower Technologies under contract to the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Truck owners can apply online through Cascade Sierra Solutions to receive STEP funds of up to 20% of the installed price of the equipment to install in their vehicles by committing to using the Shorepower devices.

Shorepower pedestals provide access to 120 VAC, 208 VAC or 240 VAC power sources, sold at a rate of $1 per hour, and to cable TV at most locations, with wireless Internet available for an additional charge. Access and payment can be handled with a card, smartphone, laptop or telephone activation system.

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