Three Midwest truckstops add Shorepower

| April 23, 2012

Shorepower Technologies has added its services, which lets drivers plug in to grid power instead of idling, to three truckstops: Sapp Bros Travel Center, at Exit 440 on Interstate 80 in Omaha, Neb.; Broadway Flying J, at Exit 144 on Interstate 35 in Williams, Iowa; and Shoemaker’s Shell Travel Center, at Exit 395 on I-80 in Lincoln, Neb.

The three sites join more than a dozen locations with these services already in operation through the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project. Implemented by Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions, 50 truck stops will add plug-in power pedestals this year, according to the company.

Shoemaker’s has added 36 truck parking spaces with electrical connections, while Sapp Bros and Broadway Flying J have each added 24.

To use, drivers need only a heavy-duty extension cord to connect vehicles to the plug-in pedestals. The 110/208v service is priced at $1 an hour. Cable TV is included at the Sapp Bros location and will be offered soon at Shoemakers, the company says. Sapp Bros also offers plug ins for three-phase power (460v/230v) for trailer transport refrigeration units with electric standby capabilities – the first truck stop in the country to provide this service.

Access and payment can be handled with a credit card, gift card, smartphone, laptop or toll-free customer service hotline. Sapp Bros will host a STEP Plug-In Celebration June 12-13, which will feature displays and demonstrations of equipment compatible with plug-in power.