Another type of anti-idling service, IdleAir, is already available along Route 99 at Love"s Travel Stops in Ripon, Pilot Travel Centers in Madera and Bruce"s Truck Stop in Bakersfield.
The increased availability of anti-idling services is important to truckers along I-5 not only for fuel savings and a healthier environment but because of anti-idling laws in two of the states along the corridor.
In California, diesel-fueled trucks with a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds may not idle for more than five minutes, according to the state"s Air Resources Board. In 2008 the restriction was extended to sleeper berth trucks.
"California is known for being at the forefront of writing tougher environmental rules, and more restrictions on idling are going to be a part of that trend," added Banks. "Truck-stop electrification is a convenient and money-saving way of complying with the rule."
Oregon's truck anti-idling law, which has a complex set of qualifications and exemptions, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012.
At its most basic, using Shorepower's service requires no more than a heavy-duty extension cord to connect the truck to the power pedestal. Newer models of trucks have shore power-ready connections built into their electrical systems. What"s more, many new trucks can be spec"d and factory-installed with an AC-powered, or compatible, HVAC system. There is also a long list of AC-powered compatible HVAC systems available on the aftermarket.
Shorepower Technologies prices its service at $1 an hour (which includes cable TV). That compares favorably to the $4 a gallon of diesel fuel it takes to idle a truck for an hour. In addition, idling a truck adds to wear on the engine, resulting in higher maintenance and repair expenses. And without the noise and emissions of trucks idling, drivers get more restful sleep, and the truck stop and nearby neighborhoods get a cleaner, quieter environment.
Another part of the STEP program, administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions, provides equipment purchase rebates up to 20 percent (or a maximum amount, depending on the product category) of the installed cost for approved equipment that can operate on electrical connections or battery power. The rebates are available for up to 25 vehicles per fleet; interested owners and fleet operators must apply in advance for approval. More information about the rebate program is available at the CSS website, www.cascadesierrasolutions.org or by calling 541-302-0900.
"Having more sites available to plug in will be very important to those fleet operators that use I-5 as their main route," Kim said. "They"ll have greater reason to purchase equipment ready for electrical connections, knowing that there will be places to use it."
Shorepower Technologies has developed an interactive map, available at its website (www.shorepower.com), that will be updated as new shore power installations open.
Truckers can now drive corridor's full length without idling for rest and sleep.
Pilot Flying J plans to offer anti-idling technology at five truck stops in California, and one in Texas.
Truckers in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky to reap fuel-saving benefits.