The Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, a federally funded project administered by Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions, will place connections for AC power at 50 truckstops on 10 of the nation's major freight corridors, with 1-5 being the first.
Six truckstops, five in California and one in Oregon, on the I-5 corridor will receive power pedestals this year:
-Flying J Travel Plaza in Bakersfield, Calif.
-Pilot Travel Center in Dunnigan, Calif.
-Flying J Travel Plaza in Lebec, Calif.
-Flying J Travel Plaza in Lodi, Calif.
-Pilot Travel Center in Weed, Calif.
-7 Feathers Truck and Travel Center in Canyonville, Ore.
The new sites will have between 24 and 48 parking spaces with electric power availability. Shorepower also plans to offer 480-volt connections for truck refrigeration units at the Pilot Flying J locations in Bakersfield, Lebec, Lodi and Weed.
"When this phase is complete in 2012, we'll have power pedestals located between 40 and 200 miles from each other," says Jeff Kim, president and chief executive officer of Shorepower Technologies. "This will allow the majority of truckers to have assurance that power is available along their route."
Shorepower Technologies already has sites operating at two locations along I-5 in Oregon: Jubitz Travel Center in Portland and Truck 'N Travel in Coburg, and at one in Washington, Suty's Fuel & General Store in Toledo. AC-power connections for trucks are also available at Pilot Flying J's Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza, through a project of Cascade Sierra Solutions and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
Drivers will also enjoy increased access to AC power connections for trucks on another important West Coast freight corridor, California Route 99. EZTrip in Fresno is a participant in the STEP program.
Another type of anti-idling service, IdleAir, is already available along Route 99 at Love's Travel Stops in Ripon, Pilot Travel Centers in Madera and Bruce's Truck Stop in Bakersfield.