Keep On Truckin’ — Not Idlin’

Millions of trucks on the road — and thousands are long-haul truckers. When they pull over to sleep, they run their engines all night. Burning a gallon of diesel per hour adds up, good buddy.

Why are rocket scientists like me thinking about idling rigs at truck stops? I read about IdleAir adding free satellite TV to their service in Fleet Owner. Hmm. They provide TSE (truck stop electrification) services. So what is that?

When a trucker parks overnight, they will need a power source to keep their air conditioning, heat, refrigerator, television, radio etc. going. If truck stop electrification is not available, idling is the only means to provide this source of power, assuming the truck is not equipped with an auxiliary power unit. Truck stop electrification allows a trucker to “plug-in” to power their on and off-board electrical needs. There are two types of truck stop electrification, single-system and dual-system. Single-system provides power to on-board devices and requires a hose that connects to the truck. Dual-system can power off-board devices and requires the truck to have an adapter to plug into a 120 volt outlet.

The pricing is about half of what diesel costs and keeping emissions from dissipating in our breathing air is a plus.

Hey, this is good stuff. The U.S. DoE agrees. There’s competition, too, from CabAire and Shorepower.

I would think these types of businesses are in a good position to provide electric-car charging stations.

They love this on the west coast…

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