With many states imposing idling restrictions and the inflated cost of diesel fuel, many truckers will be pleased to know that three Midwest truck stops are giving truckers the opportunity to plug-in to a power grid, stop idling and save some dough.
Shorepower Technology is building a national network of truck stops equipped with plug-in power servicesOur goal has long been to build a true network of locations so truckers can make regular use of plug-in power on their journeys, said Alan Bates, vice president of marketing with Shorepower Technologies. Adding these three great travel centers in a crucial transportation hub like the Midwest puts us closer to that goal.
The higher the price of diesel fuel gets, the more attractive it is to plug in, he added.
Truck drivers need only a heavy-duty extension cord to connect their vehicles to the plug-in pedestals. The 110/208v service is priced at $1 an hour, and cable TV is included at the Sapp Bros location in Omaha, and will be shortly at Shoemakers. Sapp Bros also offers plug ins for three-phase power (460v/230v) for trailer transport refrigeration units (TRUs) with electric standby capabilities “ the first truck stop in the country to provide this service.
Access and payment can be handled with a credit card, gift card, smartphone, laptop or toll-free customer service hotline.
By plugging in to grid power, drivers can still operate heating and air conditioning systems and use in-cab appliances such as microwaves and TVs without the air pollution and noise of idling. They also save money in the short and long run, since plug-in power costs much less than idling and reduces wear and tear on the engine that adds to maintenance and repair bills. In addition, many states and local jurisdictions are limiting or banning idling.