ARLINGTON, Wash. — Efforts to curb heavy-duty idling are not new, yet industry’s options when seeking a cost-effective ways to keep electrical power flowing are limited.
However, trucks can now cut costs according to Xantrex Technology, by using the company’s inverter/charger. The system comes with a shore power package when ordered as an option through most truck OEMs.
The package allows drivers to operate AC devices for a finite amount of time when using battery power. However, once plugged into AC power, operators get 15 amps of continuous power to run space heaters, fans, HVAC systems, and other AC devices like microwaves, TVs and VCRs. In addition, the system charges the trucks batteries.
The only problem now, is the lack of shore power available at truck stops.
“Truck stops have been reluctant to offer power because they haven’t had demand from fleets and owner/operators; conversely, fleets haven’t made the demand because truck stops didn’t offer electrical hookups,” says George Strickland, director of engineering and construction for Travel Centers of America.
Dave McClure, marketing director for Petro, says his company is willing to explore truck stop electrification, if asked. “We have a partnership with fleets, so if they come to us with a request, we’ll listen,” he says.
A new online survey at www.plug-into-shorepower.com allows owner/operators to voice their opinions on the matter. The survey takes a few minutes to complete. The results will be forwarded to truck stops to give them the feedback on demand that they require.
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