IdleAire Technologies’ Advanced Travel Center
Electrification (ATE) system was the sole winner in the Technology Innovation
category of the 2004 California Governor’s Environmental & Economic
Leadership Awards Dec. 2 at California EPA headquarters in Sacramento.
On Dec. 3, the company also received the 2004 Blue Sky Merit
Award in Pasadena.
According to the governor’s office, the awards recognize
those individuals, organizations and companies that “show a deep commitment to
balancing environmental preservation and protection with the need to keep
California’s economy growing.” Members of the governor’s cabinet presented the
The award announcement highlighted IdleAire’s impact on the
state during a one-year period.During that timeIdleAire’s six ATE installations in California claim to have reduced
idling of long-haul trucks by nearly 600,000 hours, diesel emissions by over
6,000 metric tons, created about 110 jobs and conserved over half a million
gallons of diesel fuel.
The Blue Sky award from “Calstart” was for “significant and
noteworthy contributions” in bringing clean, efficient transportation to
market. Calstart is the California operating division of WestStart-Calstart,
North America’s leading advanced transportation technologies consortium.
Currently installed in 23 locations across the nation,
IdleAire’s ATE system allows drivers of long-haul trucks to turn off their
engines instead of idling to maintain a comfortable temperature in the truck
cab by providing filtered heat and air conditioning. The system also provides a
range of communications and entertainment options. The only retrofit a long-haul
truck needs to access the system is a $10 window adapter. It is the only idling
reduction technology that enables
immediate emission reductions across an entire parking facility.