A North Carolina truck stop is set to be the beneficiary of a Duke Energy project to provide electrification services for trucks through IdleAir.
Big Boy’s Truck Stop in Kenly, N.C., will soon have 24 truck electrification stations where drivers can pay to plug in and avoid idling for extended stays. Duke Energy says the $300,000 project will provide electricity, along with heating or cooling for drivers, during overnight stays at the truck stop. There will also be four plugs to provide standby power for reefer units to avoid using diesel compressors.
Knoxville, Tenn.-based IdleAir, which manages truck electrification stations across the country, will install and manage the North Carolina stations. Installation is expected to be completed before this summer, IdleAir says.
Duke Energy projects the stations to save more than 25,000 gallons of diesel each year.
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.