Six truck stops power up with electric plug-in power

Six truck stops located in Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming now offer truck operators more than 150 truck parking spaces with electric plug-in power connections provided by Shorepower Technologies. Five of the six locations are also offering connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers.

Following is the list of new truck stops offering shorepower:

  • Flying J Williams - Williams, IA — 24 plug-ins and three refrigeration unit connections (480-volt power).
  • Russell’s Truck and Travel Center — Endee, (Glenrio), N.M. – 24 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480-volt power).
  • Flying J Hubbard - Hubbard, OH — 24 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480-volt power).
  • Sapp Brothers - Clearfield, PA — 24 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480-volt power).
  • Lee Hi Travel Plaza – Lexington, VA — 24 plug-ins.
  • Little America - Little America, WO — 36 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480-volt power).

Currently there are more than 50 locations around the country that have been outfitted by Shorepower Technologies electrical pedestals. Most are financed by the Dept. of Energy’s Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP) — administered through Cascade Sierra Solutions, a non-profit based in Eugene, OR.

Alan Bates, vice president of marketing for Shorepower Technologies, said truck stop operators are taking notice of the potential benefits that installing power pedestals can offer their customers. “It has the potential to save truck operators so much money in fuel costs and wear and tear on their trucks,” he added. “In cold weather, truckers can simply plug in a space heater to stay warm, while running their ‘hotel’ loads.

Shorepower Technologies has also extended its free power incentive for truckers. Truckers can now use Shorepower Technologies’ power pedestals for free through March 31, 2013.

“Truckers can fully utilize and see for themselves how nice it is to ‘plug in,’ run all their devices that can use AC-power,” said Bates. “Truck stop electrification can also work in concert with onboard battery-powered and diesel-powered auxiliary power units, which saves truck and APU batteries. It can help APUs run longer between scheduled maintenances and extend their service life.”

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