The reduction in emissions makes for a healthier environment for drivers on their rest breaks, those visiting the truck stop and the nearby community. The reduction in noise leaves drivers more rested when they return to the road.
Truck and fleet owners get returns beyond the immediate reduction in fuel costs.
Idling a truck is hard on its engine. Avoiding idling extends the intervals between oil changes and overhauls.
By using shore power, owners also avoid the hassle and cost of conforming to the increasing number of state and local restrictions on idling.
That’s a lot of benefit, to drivers and companies, as well as to the industry and the environment.
But shore power won’t live up to the potential we think it has if the trucking public doesn’t know about it, can’t find it, doesn’t use it or doesn’t ask for it.
Expect to hear more about shore power facilities at truck stops, and the additional products truck and equipment manufacturers will introduce that are wired to take advantage of shore power.
Our goal is to make shore power as standard in the industry as the diesel fuel pump, and a more common practice than idling the truck for 10 hours a night.
In answer to the question of, “Which do you need first, the chicken or the egg?” our plan is to answer, “Both,” and then deliver on that.
Jeff Kim is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shorepower Technologies (www.shorepower.com). The company is currently deploying electrified parking spaces across North America, and provides its Electrified Parking system for truck stop electrification (TSE), as well as electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Involved with truck idle-reduction technologies for a decade as a senior engineering consultant and design specialist, Kim has led the design team responsible for the engineering and assembly of Shorepower’s comprehensive shore power system.