Pull into nearly any campground and you'll see extension cords running from RVs to electrical outlets. Dock your boat at a marina, and you can plug in. There's a movement to offer the same services at truckstops, allowing truckers to plug in to shore power and run household devices without idling.
New York's two-year, $450,000 pilot project will offer the first roadside shore power on any superhighway in the nation, according to the Thruway Authority. Starting within a few months, the hookups will be installed at the travel plazas at Chittenango and Dewitt, both in the Syracuse area. The devices will be credit-card activated and will require trucks to have a shore power connection.
Volvo Trucks North America was the first truck builder to offer shore power as an option. About 90% of its 770s are spec'ed with the shore power option. Other manufacturers, including Freightliner and Kenworth, have followed suit.