The Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) industry is moving quickly to build infrastructure – a movement that will help drivers save thousands of dollars per year while saving millions of gallons of fuel and associated emissions. The good news is there is a range of options for drivers that wish to plug in –
- off-board TSE that gives drivers immediate HVAC and entertainment without any special equipment.
- on-board TSE, which treats the sleeper cab much like an RV, providing simple plug-in power and access to cable television.
The trucking industry is adapting to both forms of TSE and technology providers are making improvements with each generation.
Off-board (single-system) TSE Providers: IdleAir, AireDock, Cabaire and EnviroDock
The technology: Provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contained in a structure above (gantry) or on a pedestal beside the truck parking spaces. A hose from the HVAC system is connected to the truck window and, in most cases, to a computer touch screen that enables payment. To accommodate the HVAC hose, an inexpensive window template must be installed in the truck. The off-board providers now offer leading-edge technologies like filters and UV lights that make their HVAC duct w0rk safer and cleaner than ever.
On-board (dual-system) TSE Providers: Shorepower
The technology: requires both onboard and offboard equipment; e.g. a heavy-duty extension cord and an on-board appliance or electric HVAC system. Shorepower has improved on its power pedestals to give more convenient plug options and payment options in addition to an improved back-office reporting system.
Recent articles suggest that Shorepower does not support other TSE technologies; however, that is not the case. We believe there is a place for all idle-reduction technologies including auxiliary power units (APUs). We have worked closely with off-board TSE providers in Arizona (2 sites with IdleAir) and Tennessee (AireDock). Furthermore, we are investigating two additional sites to partner with IdleAir for both off-board and on-board TSE at each location.
Wide-scale adoption for Truck Stop Electrification will be propelled by more infrastructure, education, idle-reduction laws and the price of diesel fuel. Shorepower favors all forms of TSE as the long-term solution to idle reduction and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.