IdleAire opens first site west of Mississippi River

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ariz. — Truckers using the West Memphis Petro Stopping Center now have a choice of idling or using IdleAire’s Advanced Travel Center Electrification (ATE) system, as they try to rest.

The system provides individual central heat and air, 110-volt power, a Pentium-class, color, touch screen computer, phone connection and a range of communications and entertainment packages to the cab of their truck.

"Much like at the Atlanta Petro Stopping Center, drivers were eagerly waiting on us to complete the installation, insisting on using the system as soon as we powered it up and before we had actually completed all the final testing of components in the system," said IdleAire Senior VP David Everhart.

"In addition to many new options to improve their comfort and quality of rest, drivers now have new choices when it comes to communications with their companies and their families," Everhart said. This system is a big hit with the drivers and now they can see how it is possible to shut down the engine and still be comfortable. They are excited about using it."

"So the community gets new jobs and improved air quality at the same time," according to Everhart. "If the spaces in this first phase installation at West Memphis are used just 60 percent of the time, IdleAire will prevent nearly 2,500 tons of diesel emissions from entering the air annually. The net reduction, after factoring in the emissions created in generating the electricity we use to power the system, will be over 1,500 tons a year. Phase two and three will deliver even more good news," he said.

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