Cascade Sierra Solutions and Shorepower Technologies, recently completed installation of power outlets at 50 truck stops nationwide, electrifying 1,397 parking spaces in 30 states.
Truckers now have more opportunities to plug in to run air conditioners, heaters or appliances and avoid idling main engines for power. Twenty-nine locations also provide 3-phase power for trailer Transport Refrigeration Units at the power stations.
Plugging in instead of idling saves on fuel costs, the trucker's largest operating expense, and keeps the air clean.
The $53 million project was made possible by a $22.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $29.4 million in additional matching funds from motor carriers and truck stop operators. The goal of the project is to reduce the use of diesel fuel, which reduces U. S. dependence on foreign oil.
Approximately $10 million was dedicated to creation of the network of plug in stations. Cascade Sierra Solutions deployed another $10 million in equipment purchase rebates to help truck owners install Shorepower-ready idle reduction systems for cab comfort and trailer refrigeration. In all, 23 equipment suppliers and their dealers benefited from over $42 million in increased sales from 2011-2013. Cascade Sierra Solutions will continue to study industry adoption of truck stop electrification through 2014 with findings reported back to the U.S. Department of Energy.
To locate truck stops offering the Shorepower plug in stations, visit shorepowerconnect.com.