Truck electricity services expand

Jill Dunn | June 18, 2010

Shorepower, formerly known as Shurepower, has set its goal to launch an additional 25 locations over the next two years. It currently can accommodate 300 trucks at six locations in Oregon and Washington and one in North Carolina

In April, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality awarded $2.15 million to Shorepower to install 150 truck electrification units at truck stops in southern Arizona.

It costs $1 to start the service and $1 an hour. Shorepower also offers Internet and other services.

Massachusetts-based Craufurd Manufacturing produces the AireDock System, a stand-alone unit that offers heating, cooling and electric. This summer, the Maine Turnpike Authority expects to offer 30 such units at its West Gardiner Service Plaza site.

Craufurd is installing or has completed installation at Crossville, Tenn. (18 units); Canoe Creek and Okahumpka, Fla. (20 units at each location); Denton (80 units) and Longview, (120 units) Texas; Shrewsbury, Mass. (seven units) and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (one unit), said spokesman Bill Lavelle.

The cost is generally $2 an hour but fees are up to the site owner and everything is provided to operate the equipment, Lavelle said.

Connecticut’s CabAire, a subsidiary of Control Module Industries, will offer electrification at six
locations totaling 348 spaces by October, said Daniel Shanahan, CabAire sales and marketing director.

Currently, CabAire services, which include electrification and other amenities, are offered at 44 spaces in Salisbury, N.C.; 28 spaces at New Stanton Travel Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 116 spaces at North Stonington, N.C.

CabAire will provide the first truck stop electrification at a U.S. port, starting in September at the New Haven (Conn.) Port Authority with 14 spaces. In July, 50 spaces will open at the Delaware Welcome Center on I-95.

Also slated are 24 spaces at the Smyrna Rest Area, also in Delaware, and 86 spaces on the New Jersey Turnpike’s Vince Lombardi Plaza.

The hourly cost is about equal to a gallon of diesel at the location where CabAire is used, but unlike fuel prices, service fees will probably only change a few times annually. No special equipment is required.

In June, Florida officials announced JR Enterprises was awarded a contract to provide, operate and maintain 20 truck stop electrification spaces each at the Okahumpka and Canoe Creek service plazas on the state’s Turnpike. Construction is scheduled for completion by Aug. 31. More information wasn’t immediately available.

Last year, EnviroDock of New York announced the first of five E-Dock stationary units at a Canaan, N.Y., truck stop, financed by a shared state grant. The stand-alone heating and cooling system also houses a duplex power outlet for in-cab appliances and a duplex power plug on the outside unit. Further information wasn’t immediately available.