Pilot Flying J to add electrification at 6 truck stops
Pilot Flying J Oct. 6 announced plans to offer Shorepower Technologies anti-idling technology at five truck stops in California and one in Texas.
Pilot Flying J has signed an agreement with Shorepower to install power pedestals at its travel centers in Bakersfield, Dunnigan, Lebec, Lodi and Weed in California, and in Dallas. Each site will have between 24 and 48 electrified parking spots, which will be installed over the next three to six months.
By connecting to a Shorepower pedestal, truck drivers can operate in-cab heating and air conditioning systems and communications and entertainment equipment without idling their trucks during rest periods. Shorepower also helps drivers comply with the increasing number of anti-idling laws passed by states and local jurisdictions. Both California and a number of cities and counties in Texas have such laws.
The Pilot Flying J installations are part of the Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, a federally funded program aimed at reducing truck idling. Qualifying truck stops can receive a complete TSE system at no cost to them and with Shorepower handling paperwork and other details. The program is administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions, in partnership with Shorepower under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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