Eight more truckstops join nationwide network of electric plug-in power pedestals

Truckstop operators see truckstop electrification as wave of future in trucking industry.

Shorepower Technologies has announced eight more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations. Connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers are also being installed at four of the eight truckstops. 

Below is a full list of the eight truckstops now offering shorepower for trucks and 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers: 

  •  Pilot Travel Center - Dunnigan, Calif., 24 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480V).
  • Ports to Plains Travel Plaza – Lamar, Colo., 20 plug-ins.
  • Parma Travel Center - Parma, Mich., 24 plug-ins.
  • Russell's Truck and Travel – Springer, N.M., 24 plug-ins and four refrigeration unit connections (480V). 
  • Dukes Travel Plaza - Canton, Texas, 24 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480V). Cable TV will also be available through the pedestal at the Canton, Texas, location.
  • Eagle's Landing / Flying J – Beaver, Utah, 24 plug-ins and four refrigeration unit connections (480V). 
  • Eastgate Travel Plaza - Evansville, Wyo., 24 plug-ins. 
  • Little America – Little America, Wyo., (near Green River), 36 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480V). 

The eight truckstops are among 50 locations around the country being outfitted by Shorepower Technologies. Shorepower provided the electrical pedestals through the Department of Energy's Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP) — administered through Cascade Sierra Solutions, a non-profit based in Eugene, Ore. 

"We're seeing more truck drivers coming through with new trucks equipped with electrical HVAC systems that have shore power capability," said Lorrie Hogan, spokesperson for Eastgate Travel Plaza, just off Exit 182 of U.S. Interstate 25 in Evansville, Wyo., about 5 miles east of Casper. "Even before the pedestals were being installed in late November, we had a number of truck drivers come in and ask us when they'd be installed."

Jim Miller, owner of Ports to Plains Travel Plaza near U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 287 in Lamar, Colo., said he sees truckstop electrification as a wave of the future. When he owned and operated the Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza several years ago, Miller said he worked with Cascade Sierra Solutions and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to have that truckstop outfitted with electrification.

"It's the right thing to do because it's good for the environment and because it provides truck operators a way to save money on fuel costs," Miller said. When he bought the Ports to Plains Travel Center about three years ago, Miller said he was determined to bring the same opportunities to his new customers. 

The Ports to Plains Trade Corridor, which includes a segment of U.S. Highway 287 through Lamar, Colo., is a federally designated high-priority highway corridor between the U.S. - Mexican border at Laredo, Texas and Denver, Colo. The corridor is a major freight route for equipment and supplies supporting oil and gas exploration, wind energy generation, and agricultural production in nine states and the province of Alberta. 

Twenty four parking spaces at Eastgate and 20 spaces at Ports to Plains are now equipped with electrical service allowing drivers to operate heaters, air conditioning systems and appliances in their cabs without having to run the engine. The plug-in stations are similar to those already available at boat marinas and recreational vehicle parks. 

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