Electrical connections for 24 truck parking spaces have been installed, allowing drivers to operate heating, air conditioning and cab appliances without running the engine during their mandatory 10-hour rest periods.
The Perry location is the latest among 50 truckstops on major freight corridors that are receiving plug-in-power installations through the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, administered jointly by Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions.
"We want to stay on the cutting edge of truckstop technology," says Brent Miller, owner of L.W.'s Pilot Travel Plaza. "We believe plug-in power is a good thing for the environment and for truckers. We want to support its development."
"Having plug-in power available at L.W.'s Travel Plaza means truckers on a major freight route like I-84 have one more place to make idle reduction a routine part of their travels," says Jeff Kim, president and chief executive officer of Shorepower Technologies. "We're building a network of plug-in locations so that truckers can count on finding places at which they can get a sound, healthful night's rest and save money in the process."
To see the network of Shorepower sites, visit www.plugintosavings.org.
Shorepower Technologies now operates more than a dozen plug-in sites; the 50 truckstops to be added under the STEP program are to be in operation by the end of 2012. As part of the STEP program, equipment-purchase incentives are being made available through Cascade Sierra Solutions to about 5,000 vehicle owners who commit to using the hook-ups to reduce engine idling.
Shorepower pedestals provide access to 120 VAC, 208 VAC or 240 VAC power sources, at a rate of $1 per hour, with cable TV available at some locations and wireless Internet for an additional charge. Half of the 50 STEP sites will also offer 480 VAC power for refrigerated trailer units with electric standby capabilities.
Access and payment can be handled with a credit card, gift card, smartphone, laptop or toll-free customer service hotline.