Fire and Ice
Idling alternatives

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer

When temperatures hit the extremes, truckers without APUs on their trucks have been counting on idling alternatives more than ever.

In the past year, there has been a renewed push by the new owners of IdleAir to differentiate themselves from the old company, IdleAire, which closed in January 2010. The new owners have reopened 21 sites in nine states and plan to open approximately 30 sites by the end of 2011.

Their services are $1.99 per hour for the first 10 hours and $1.25 per hour after that through the rest of the year.

This fall, IdleAir plans to launch a new program that will “unbundle” their services and allow drivers to pick and choose which ones they want to purchase.

Unbundled menu pricing will give drivers another choice for purchasing electricity to power APUs, bunk heaters and other key-off power needs.

Another alternative is using an extension cord to plug into a single connection point for multiple power needs. Companies like Shorepower Technologies plan to expand to 50 locations in the next two years. They now have eight truck stop electrification sites in the U.S., seven in the Pacific Northwest and one in Kenly, NC.

The cost to use Shorepower services remains about $1 per hour. LL