Shorepower seeks truck stops for electrification

| August 03, 2011
Shorepower hookup in Portland, Ore.

Shorepower Technologies is seeking truck stops with at least 75 parking spaces to participate in a national truck stop electrification program to reduce idling.

Through the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, qualifying truck stops can receive a complete TSE system at no cost to them. Shorepower will handle everything from construction through grand opening. Truck stop operators will share revenues with Shorepower.

Installations will take place over the next 18 months, but Shorepower needs to select the sites by September, the company said. Truck stop owners and operators interested in participating in the program should contact Shorepower at (508) 925-0098 or email jspitzer@shorepower.com.

The first TSE installation of a planned 50 truck stops around the country is at the Baker Truck Corral off I-84 in Baker City, Ore.

“We’ll go from 400 to nearly 2,000 electrified parking spaces by the end of the project,” said Jeff Kim, Shorepower president and CEO. “This represents the opportunity to save over 7 million gallons of diesel per year.”

Drivers will be able to access 120-volt, 208-volt or 240-volt AC power sources. Power will be sold at $1 an hour, and cable TV will be included at most locations, with wireless Internet available for an additional charge. Access and payment can be handled with a card, smartphone, laptop or telephone activation system.

A second component of STEP is providing equipment-purchase incentives to about 5,000 vehicle owners who will commit to using the TSE hookups to reduce engine idling.

The program is being administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions, a Eugene, Ore.-based organization, in partnership with Shorepower under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy.