IdleAire launches electrification project in Atlanta

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IdleAire Technologies Corp. is building a $2.5 million Advanced Travel Center Electrification (ATE) project at the Petro Stopping Center at I-285 and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (formerly Bankhead Highway) in Atlanta.

The ATE system enables drivers to turn off their engines instead of idling them to provide heat and air conditioning while they rest, decreasing the normal costs of fuel and maintenance for truck owners as much as 40 percent.
IdleAire also offers high-speed Internet connections, movie and sports television packages, movies on demand, computer-based interactive driver training and continuing education curriculum.

Drivers select desired services using a touch screen module that fits in the truck window. Hoses and cabling attached to the module are connected to an overhead truss, where the heating and cooling units are mounted. Basic service costs $1.25 per hour.

In addition to Atlanta, IdleAire is engineering 16 additional sites for new system deployments in Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Texas, New York and California. Systems already exist in Knoxville, Tenn., and New York.