I-5 through CA, OR and WA becoming Shorepower corridor

U.S. Interstate 5 will be transformed in 2012 into the first interstate corridor with increased availability of anti-idling technology.

U.S. Interstate 5 through California, Oregon and Washington – one of the nation"s most important freight routes – will be transformed in 2012 into the first interstate corridor with increased availability of anti-idling technology.

Power pedestals will be added to six truck stops and travel centers along the I-5 corridor, five in California, and one in Oregon. Some will open in early 2012; the rest will begin offering the service later in the year.

Those locations will join four existing truck stops and travel centers along I-5 in California, Oregon and Washington outfitted with parking spaces with electrical connections, allowing drivers to shut off their engines during rest periods, plug in and use in-cab comfort, communications and entertainment systems. By eliminating idling, those drivers will reduce fuel and maintenance costs as well as noise and emissions.

The Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, a federally funded project administered by Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions, is placing connections for AC power at 50 truck stops on the nation"s major freight corridors. I-5 is the first of 10 interstate corridors targeted for increased availability of this anti-idling technology.

"When this phase is complete in 2012, we"ll have power pedestals located between 40 and 200 miles from each other," said Jeff Kim, president and chief executive officer of Shorepower Technologies.  "This will allow the majority of truckers to have assurance that power is available along their route.

"Truckers and fleet owners have indicated they"re interested in electrical connections at parking spaces, but the biggest question about it they have is whether it"s even available, and if so where," Kim added. "Our long-term goal is to make this a standard service in most places a trucker stops for the night."

Truck-stop electrification "is a game-changing technology because it offers a practical solution to so many problems," added Sharon Banks, chief executive officer of Cascade Sierra Solutions. "It addresses the problems of noise and air pollution, which affect everyone, not just drivers. It also replaces our reliance on oil, much of which is imported from unstable and unfriendly places, with domestically produced electricity.

"This is an easily adaptable and affordable way to help the supply chain go green."

The new locations to be added under the STEP program are:

  • Flying J Travel Plaza in Bakersfield.
  • Pilot Travel Center in Dunnigan.
  • Flying J Travel Plaza in Lebec.
  • Flying J Travel Plaza in Lodi.
  • Pilot Travel Center in Weed. 
  • 7 Feathers Truck and Travel Center in Canyonville, Ore.

Shorepower Technologies already has sites operating at two locations along I-5 in Oregon: Jubitz Travel Center in Portland  and Truck "N Travel in Coburg, and at one in Washington, Suty"s Fuel & General Store in Toledo. AC-power connections for trucks are also available at Pilot Flying J"s Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza, through a project of Cascade Sierra Solutions and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

The new sites will have between 24 and 48 parking spaces with electric power availability. 

Shorepower also plans to offer 480-volt connections for Truck Refrigeration Units at the Pilot Flying J locations in Bakersfield, Lebec, Lodi and Weed.

Drivers will also enjoy increased access to AC power connections for trucks on another important West Coast freight corridor, California Route 99. EZTrip in Fresno is a participant in the STEP program.

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