Delaware has opened an electrified truck parking area at the Smyrna rest area on U.S. Route 13.
State officials opened the 24-parking space area April 19, which will operate 24 hours a day. An automated system allows truckers to use a Smyrna Rest Area credit card to access the shorepower service.
They can pay $20 for a reusable window adapter, which includes the credit card with eight hours of usage time. Additional hours can be purchased for $2.50 an hour.
An American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funded the project.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.