New players filling void in truckstop anti-idling biz

ENFIELD, Conn. — One of the innovators of truckstop electrification may be bankrupt, but that doesn’t mean the industry has completely dried up.

As IdleAire Technologies enters bankruptcy proceedings, several smaller companies are betting that as fuel prices continue to soar and strict truck idling regulations proliferate across the country, there is still room for growth in the market for truckstop-based anti-idling systems.

CabAire of Enfield, Conn., a division of Control Module, is one such firm. It started installing the first of what it calls "next-generation truckstop electrification" about a year ago, at the American Auto Stop off of I-95 in North Stonington, Conn. That truckstop faced local regulations addressing not only anti-idling, but also engine noise reduction and lot lighting.

Craufurd Manufacturing has decades of experience in making specialized heating and air conditioning units. Its AireDock anti-idling system is a stand-alone HVAC unit that can heat or cool a truck in just minutes in ambient temperatures up to 120 degrees or down to 40 below. There are also power outlets for in-cab electronics, Internet, streaming video, and plug-ins for a block heater.

Shorepower Technologies provides electrified parking spaces for Truck Stop Electrification as well as for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Shorepower TSE allows truck drivers to turn off their engines and plug into all weather electrical and communication outlets during mandatory rest periods. This reduces fuel costs, toxic exhaust emissions, maintenance costs and provides a better night’s rest. Shorepower recently opened several new TSE facilities in the Northwest.

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To read more about the future of truckstop electrification — and what opportunities exist for Canada (where truckstops are few and far between) — be sure to check out the June print issue of Today’s Trucking.


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