Free electrical plug-in kits available

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Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions are jointly administering a federally funded U.S. Department of Energy Recovery Act program to increase the use of idle reduction technologies and promote the use of electricity for cab comfort in lieu of engine idling. To encourage idle reduction, 1,300 free connector kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is a limit of 25 connector kits per truck operator or fleet. “Connector kits are a great introduction to the benefits of plug-in power,” says Alan Bates, vice president of marketing with Shorepower Technologies. “We believe that as drivers and vehicle owners see how easy it is to use this service, and how quickly they reap financial rewards from it, they’ll make even greater use of it and want to add more anti-idling equipment that plugs in to inexpensive grid power.”

The connector kit consists of an electrical receptacle for mounting on the exterior of the truck cab, a cab interior 120-volt AC outlet and wiring harness, as well as an on-off switch and a ground fault circuit interrupter. The connector kits are being provided through the Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, which also is installing plug-in sites at 50 truckstops around the country and providing rebates on purchase of shorepower-capable idle reduction equipment.

Once the connector kit is installed, drivers can use a heavy-duty extension cord to connect a power pedestal at a truckstop parking space to the exterior receptacle. Inside the cab, 120-volt AC outlets provide places to plug in portable heaters, microwaves, laptop computers and DVD players.

Shorepower Technologies offers plug-in service at $1 an hour; cable television also is included where available. Internet service will be available at many locations for an additional charge.

Fleets are allowed to self-install by an ASE certified technician, but independent operators must have the kits installed at an authorized service center. Participants must agree to use Shorepower Technologies’ service at any of its locations within 12 months of installation of the connector kit.