Nearly every good consumed in the U.S. is put on a truck at some point. The average long haul truck consumes 1 gallon of diesel fuel per hour when idling (not to mention increased engine maintenance). Long-duration truck idling wastes nearly 700 million gallons of diesel fuel annually, along with associated emissions.
Plug-in technology, also known as shore power, has been around for years in the marine and RV industries but is only now developing for long haul trucks. Truck Stop Electrification directly addresses our national priorities by reducing emissions and improving energy security. Public and private investment for electrification infrastructure is needed to foster a cleaner, more sustainable trucking industry. It is important that fleets use Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) where possible in an effort to reduce carbon footprint, save fuel, improve driver health, and restore local air and noise quality. TSE lets drivers get a better night’s rest by eliminating a loud, rattling engine and toxic fumes. Grid-based power is far more efficient and cost-effective than idling an internal combustion engine.
Today, there are fewer than 100 truck parking locations in the U.S. that are plug-in capable (out of about 5,000 total locations). This notable lack of plug-in infrastructure makes it difficult for fleets to adopt on-board plug-in capable equipment on a wide scale. TSE infrastructure is critical for the trucking industry as a whole as the price of diesel and engine maintenance continue to rise and margins are continually squeezed. Together we must work to solve this dilemma and move toward plug-in technology.
Make Sure Freight Trucks Burn Less Oil:(needs 1,364 more signatures!)
“Big trucks move a lot of stuff, and they use tons of oil, averaging only six miles per gallon. They are the fastest-growing source of carbon pollution in the United States. Crazy, right? The federal government is seeking to make trucks more fuel-efficient, but we need you to weigh in to ensure that the standards it develops are tough.
“Take action: Tell the federal government you want strong truck standards that would cut truck fuel consumption 40 percent by 2025 and reduce oil imports by 1.4 million barrels per day.”