Tennessee-based IdleAire Technologies Corp. has opened its 123rd and 124th Advanced Travel Center Electrification (ATE(R)) installations along the heavily traveled I-10 corridor.
The Conoco Travel Center in Baytown, Texas,
opened 54 spaces at Exit 797 (Texas Highway 146) on I-10, and the TravelCenters of America in Slidell, La., opened 51 spaces at Exit 266 (Gause Blvd.) on I-10.
These 105 IdleAire-equipped parking spaces allow long-haul drivers to shut their trucks off instead of idling when resting by providing individually controlled heating and air conditioning to maintain cab comfort - the reason most drivers idle. The system also provides electrical outlets, touch-screen Internet access, satellite television and a telephone connection. The only truck retrofit required is a $10 window adapter, a one-time purchase.
Over 1,000 fleets pay for their drivers to use basic services because of the savings over idling. The IdleAire system also provides additional entertainment and communications options, including movies on demand and high-speed Internet, for an additional charge.