PORTLAND, Ore. -- Six truckstops have added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations using Shorepower Technologies.
The six truckstops located in Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming now offer truck operators and fleets more than 150 truck parking spaces with power connections. Five of the six locations are also offering connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers.
The six latest truckstops now offering Shorepower for trucks and 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers include:
The six join eight other truckstops that added electric plug-in power pedestals in December. 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.
Corey Berkstresser, general manager of Lee Hi Travel Plaza, said as Lee Hi Travel Plaza has grown over the years, his company's success has come from taking a leadership role in the industry. Installing power pedestals is part of that role. "We're excited to partner with Shorepower and to be able to be pioneers with the placement of the Shorepower pedestals," Berkstresser said.
Alan Bates, vice president of marketing for Shorepower Technologies, said truckstop operators like Lee Hi Travel Plaza are taking notice of the potential benefits that installing power pedestals can offer their customers. "It has the potential to save truck operators so much money in fuel costs and wear and tear on their trucks," he said. "In cold weather, truckers can simply plug in a space heater to stay warm, while running their 'hotel' loads.”
Portland, Ore.-based Shorepower Technologies, which is offering free power incentive for truckers through March 31, 2013, is a transportation electrification infrastructure company offering simple, cost-effective solutions for connecting cars and trucks to the electrical grid.