Baker Truck Corral opens shore power location in Oregon

Baker Truck Corral, off Interstate 84 near Baker City, Ore, has equipped 24 truck parking spaces with electrical service. The stop is the first of 50 that will be outfitted with plug-in and recharging stations provided by Shorepower Technologies in a U.S. Department of Energy grant program.

The stations provide 120 VAC, 208 VAC or 240 VAC power sources. Power and cable TV access are available at $1 per hour, with wireless Internet available for an additional charge. Access and payment can be handled with a card, smartphone, laptop or telephone activation system.

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, Oregon will forbid idling a truck more than five minutes an hour on property open to the public, with some exceptions.

The Baker Truck Corral installation is part of the Shorepower Truck electrification project in which more than 1,200 electrified parking spaces are planned to be added at 50 truck stops nationally. Shorepower has installed about 400 electrified spaces at 10 truck stops.