KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Characterizing IdleAire Technologies as a pioneer using innovative approaches to improve air quality, EPA officials presented IdleAire CEO Mike Crabtree with the agency’s Clean Air Excellence Award in Washington, DC, Tuesday evening.
The Knoxville, Tennessee-based company was one of only 13 entities in the nation to receive the award.
Being installed across the country, IdleAire’s patented, award-winning Advanced Travel Center Electrification (ATE) system allows truck drivers to access electrical shore power, central heat and air, and a range of communications and entertainment services in the truck cab without idling their engines during mandated daily rest breaks. Drivers typically idle their engines to heat and cool their sleeper cabs and use in-cab accessories. The IdleAire system improves air quality and allows drivers to rest without the noise, vibrations and fumes of idling truck engines.
To date, drivers have used the IdleAire system almost 1.3 million hours, eliminating nearly 14,000 metric tons of diesel emissions from the air and saving over a million gallons of fuel. The company has created 342 jobs in the six states where the system is deployed. IdleAire’s technology won the 2003 R&D 100 Award for one of the most technologically significant products of the year. For more information, visit www.idleaire.com.
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