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

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

Hogan and Miller both said as more trucks are built and replace older units, they see even greater demand coming for shore power connections. Hogan and Miller said Eastgate and Ports to Plains will add additional pedestals as demand for truckstop electrification grows.

"We want to be there on the forefront of that movement toward truckstop electrification," Hogan added. "We want to be able to respond to that expected demand particularly since we're in a colder climate and staying warm is a necessity for truck drivers. Even during the summer, it can get pretty warm. By eliminating idling, we can help truckers save about $30 to $40 each night."

Both Eastgate and Ports to Plains travel plazas have room for about 200 tractor and trailer combinations. Eastgate is nearly full each night while Ports to Plains has more empty spaces. But Miller said with a continuously growing amount of freight traffic traveling through the area, each month the number of empty spaces gets smaller. 

According to the National Weather Service, the Casper, Wyo., area has 10 months of low temperatures that average 43 degrees or colder, including six months of average low temperatures below freezing. The Lamar, Colo., area has seven months of low temperatures that average 36 degrees or colder. Full utilization of power pedestals over 10 months to heat the cab/sleeper with a space heater or shore power compatible on-board auxiliary power unit would mean a savings of close to 114,000 gallons of fuel for truckers. It would also mean 1,140 less tons of carbon dioxide being put into the air. 

"As shippers keep a closer eye on the amount of carbon being released into the air by the truck operators they hire, savvy operators see shore power connections in their trucks and the installation of pedestals in their truckstops as a great opportunity to reduce their carbon footprints, as well as their fuel bills," said Alan Bates, Shorepower's vice president of marketing. "They also make themselves more appealing as the operators of choice.

"The Eastgate and Ports to Plains travel plazas offer key stops for trucking companies and owner operators to take advantage of the electrification that we are introducing to a growing number of truckstops nationally," Bates added. "Each month, more new locations come online. That's exciting as awareness makes grid-based power something more truck drivers are expecting."

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