Shorepower pedestal installed in Lebec, Calif., on I-5 Corridor

Truckers can now drive corridor's full length without idling for rest and sleep.

Truck drivers can now drive the entire length of U.S. Interstate 5 between Seattle and San Diego and parallel State Route 99 in California and get restful sleep without idling the truck engine, running down batteries or firing up an APU.

Shorepower Technologies recently completed the installation of power pedestals and held a grand opening at the Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza in Frazier Park/Lebec, Calif. Interstate 5 through California, Oregon and Washington and parallel State Route 99 in the San Joaquin Valley now becomes the first interstate corridor in which truck drivers can use just shore power during rest periods to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while also running all of their "hotel loads." 

Because it parallels Interstate 5, truckers often use portions of California State Route 99 near Bakersfield and Fresno and in southern San Joaquin County to avoid congestion on U.S. Interstate 5. State Route 99 also passes through the center of the San Joaquin Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions.

The Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza in Lebec joins five other truckstops and travel centers equipped with Shorepower Technologies pedestals in California, three in Oregon and one in Washington. Lebec is 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Seven of the 10 Shorepower Technologies locations also provide connections to 480V power for hybrid-refrigerated trailers, (eTRU). The Shorepower Technologies locations join other truckstop electrification (TSE) sites along the I-5 corridor. See below for a complete listing.

"I-5 was the first of 10 interstate corridors targeted for increased availability of this anti-idling technology," said Alan Bates, vice president of marketing for Shorepower Technologies. "Now it becomes the first freight corridor in the nation where drivers can travel its entire length and get relief from high fuel bills and the noise and air pollution created by truck engines left running.

"Taking advantage of the growing network of electric plug-in power pedestals is one good way truck fleets and operators can pocket more of their profits instead of burning them with idling truck engines," Bates said.

Shorepower pedestals provide access to 120V, 208V or 240V power sources, at a rate of $1 per hour, with cable TV available at a number of locations.

The $1 an hour rate for shore power 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. 

There are more than 50 locations around the country that have been outfitted by Shorepower Technologies. Shorepower provided most of 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. Half of the 50 STEP sites also offer 480V power for refrigerated trailer units with electric standby capabilities.

"As travel times and vehicle emissions increase due to heavier traffic congestion on the I-5 corridor in the years to come, truck and fleet operators will be under ever-increasing financial, regulatory and societal pressure to reduce their engine idling significantly," Bates said. "That's why we believe use of these sites will continue to increase and drivers will demand the service at more locations."

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