Plug-in power now is available at the Broadway Flying J Travel Plaza in Williams, Iowa, on Interstate 35 at Exit 144, between Des Moines and the Minnesota state line. By plugging trucks into a power pedestal, drivers can operate heating, air conditioning and cab appliances without having to leave the truck idling during their mandatory 10-hour rest periods.
The technology is being deployed across the country by Shorepower Technologies, which has installed 24 electrified parking spaces at Broadway Flying J. Broadway Group, which operates the Williams truckstop, is an early adopter of plug-in power for trucks, having added the service several years ago to a location at Ellensburg, Wash.
“We think of ourselves as good corporate citizens, and offering an idle-reduction service helps us fulfill that mission for drivers, for fleet operators and for communities near our travel centers,” says Dan Alsaker, owner of Broadway Group. “With hot temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter, this is a service truckers need. We want to be the kind of facility a driver can get a lot of good use out of.”