Shorepower Technologies, based in Portland, Oregon, is building a national network of truck stops with plug-in power so that drivers can park, plug in, and save fuel by not idling their engines. The system is similar to Idle Air, but does not require the space as it is only small service modules mounted on concrete pylons at the head of the parking space.
Shorepower has announced that they’ve added the anti-idle parking spaces to:
- Sapp Bros on I-80 inOmaha, Nebraska (x440)
- Broadway Flying J on I-35 in Williams, Iowa (x144)
- Shoemaker’s Shell Travel Center on I-80 in Lincoln, Nebraska (x395)
These sites join over a dozen more nationally on major freight corridors. A total of fifty truck stops will have Shorepower online this year, thanks to federal grants to the Shorepower Truck Electrification Project.
Most truck stops are adding between 20 and 40 Shorepower spaces when they join the program, which is often about 1/3 to 1/2 of their parking lot. Drivers do need a heavy-duty extension cord to connect, but can operate the service themselves at only $1 an hour. Some locations, including Sapp Bros in Omaha, will include cable TV hookups as well as 460v/230v three-phase power plugins for transport refrigeration units (TRU), saving idling of reefer units as well.
Access is paid for through a credit card, gift card, smartphone, laptop via their website, or by calling a toll-free number listed on each Shorepower stand.
“Our Omaha location, built in 1971, was our first location, and it seems fitting that it is the first location of ours to put in plug-in power,” said Dan Adams, vice president of operations for Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Inc. “We view plug-in power as another benefit to our customers, a way to save them money and help them to be more efficient. Trucking companies need to cut expenses, just like every other business. We want to help them do that.”
Sapp Bros in Omaha plans to host a STEP Plug-in Celebration on June 12 and 13, featuring displays and demonstrations of equipment compatible with plug-in power setups like Shorepower.