IdleAire receives high honors in California

| 12/3/2004

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 awards.

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.