“Every hour of idle time in a long-haul operation can decrease fuel efficiency by 1%,” the paper states. “Idle/PTO fuel consumption increases exponentially with engine speed.”
“Details…include the following fuel consumption rates at idle:
• 650 RPM = 0.5 gallons per hour
• 1,000 RPM = 1 gallon per hour
• 1,200 RPM = 1.5 gallons per hour”
“Shore power, the use of electricity to operate in-cab systems without idling, is already a proven technology. For trucking companies, this system is increasingly attractive, requiring nothing more than a heavy-duty extension cord and a facility-based system. Truck manufacturers are incorporating shore power-ready connections into electrical and auxiliary battery-powered systems as factory-installed options.
“The Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions and Shorepower Technologies, is deploying shore power at 50 truckstops along major freight corridors across the country.”