Out at truckstops, other, simpler shore power solutions are being installed that may make valuable contributions to conserving fuel, reducing emissions and restoring nighttime quiet to both truckstops and the neighborhoods around them. Back in August, for example, the nonprofit Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS was awarded a $22.2-million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to advance truckstop electrification.) CSS announced that it would partner with ShorePower Technologies to install Shorepower Truck Electrified Parking Space (STEPS) systems for diesel trucks at 50 truckstops in the U.S.
“Each of the fifty truck stops will get about twenty-five STEPS,” said Sándor Lau, development director for CSS. “Fleets need to know they will be available everywhere they go.” Unlike IdleAire’s entirely free-standing system, trucks do have to be equipped with onboard idle reduction systems and/or other devices that may be operated with AC electrical power to take advantage of the STEPS as a power source. CSS noted it will offer a rebate program for truck owners purchasing idle reduction equipment upgrades with electric standby capabilities.. Qualifying devices will be eligible for a rebate of up to 25% of the total cost.