IdleAir and eNow say they’ve formed a strategic partnership whereby eNow’s solar-charging products will complement IdleAir’s grid-powered service, expanding availability of low-carbon power for trucks and their drivers during rest breaks.
Through special pricing, one partner company will encourage its truck operator-customers to patronize the other, and vice versa, the firms say.
“The advantage here for the trucking world is that they get a mutual 25% discount off of eNow and IdleAir retail list prices,” said eNow spokesman Emilio Dabul. “A 25% discount off the $989 suggested list price of the eNow 100 watt system is $741.
“For IdleAir this would mean a 25% discount off of their $2.19/hour Premium Service at truckstop network locations and 25% off of our $1.49/hour ConvoyTV+Power offering. Fleets bringing IdleAIr to their private terminals can enjoy even greater discounted pricing benefits with IdleAIr.”
Solar panels from eNow generate electricity that can be used to power in-cab appliances and truck equipment such as lift gates and pallet jack chargers. IdleAir service allows truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines and APUs and enjoy heating, cooling, satellite TV, internet, and 110-volt electric power inside and outside the cab, This saves money and allows drivers to get better sleep without the noise, vibration, and exhaust fumes from idling.
“This was all about synergies,” said Ethan Garber, CEO of IdleAir. “eNow’s solar panels generate far more energy than any other comparable solar solution for transportation, which meshes perfectly with our alternative to idling. The trucking industry will benefit all around from our partnership and ongoing and future projects.”
Jeff Flath, CEO and founder of eNow, noted, "We see this strategic partnership as proof positive of the viability of our Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) renewable energy solutions for a variety of markets.”
IdleAir says it is the largest provider of truck stop electrification (TSE) services at major travel centers, including Pilot Flying J, Love’s, and select TravelCenters of America and Petro franchisee locations. IdleAir currently operates more than 45 travel center and dedicated fleet terminal locations in 17 states.