IdleAire recharges handful of locations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Truck stop electrification provider IdleAire is set to get plugged back in just a few months after calling it quits.

On its website, the company confirmed it has been purchased by a new group of Investors who plan on reopening about two dozen locations in the U.S. (click here for the full list of reopenings).

IdleAire operates by installing electrical units above truck parking spaces so that trucks can get heating, air conditioning, TV and other services without having to idle.

In March, spotted a message on the website indicating that, "due to popular demand," a group was working on trying to restart the service.

Citing the recession and "mild weather" this past winter, IdleAire shut down 131 locations in 34 states in January. (About two thirds of the locations are at Petro Truckstops or TravelCenters of America).

Observers noted that IdleAire’s vast and expensive infrastructure at truckstops was cost prohibitive in a down market with low fuel prices.

Still, the company is giving it another go, albeit on a smaller scale.

"These partners understand the value of IdleAire services and are concerned, as we are, about the well-being and safety of the long haul professional driver," reads the statement. " Our clean air solutions at these sites improve the environment and create better living conditions for our customers and for the public."

"To our customers — we look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to serving you in the very near future." 

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