Truckers get free power – for now

| 4/23/2008

Truckers whose trucks are equipped for shore power are getting an extra bonus – at least for now – when they pull into the Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, OR.

A company called Shorepower Technologies has installed 32 operational electrical ports, but won’t start charging for them until certain tests are complete. Jubitz fuel manager Lee Pederson said, in the meantime, the service is free. The company is expanding to other sites in Oregon and Washington as well.

Eventually, 160 electricity-powered parking spaces will be provided at truck stops along Oregon’s Interstate 5 corridor, reported the Portland Tribune. The truckers will be charged about a dollar an hour for electricity.