Atlanta Petro Getting Idleaire Electrification
A maximum of 100 trucks will be able to participate in this project, Duvall said.
The EPA’s SmartWay Transport program provided the funding. Program partners are EPRI, EPA, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Xantrex Technology. Xantrex is supplying the power inverter and auxiliary battery.
This equipment package allows truckers to have heating and cooling, and to operate conveniences such as microwaves, even if a location does not offer electrification. The three pieces of equipment will be available to participating fleets for a discounted price of about $3,500 per truck.
By 2004 the truckstops and the participating trucks should have the necessary installation to begin the project, Duvall said.
EPRI and the participating fleets will log the fuel and maintenance savings from idling reduction over six months. Duval estimates the annual energy savings to be about $2,450 per truck.
Brian Lawrence, Xantrex trucking industry market manager, said he expected to have the list of participating fleets complete by summer. Fleets interested in participating in the project may contact Lawrence at (800) 446-6180.