IdleAire Technologies Corp. is planning a major expansion with the
installation of more units at truck stops.
The expansion will put 13,200 individual truck terminals in 210
locations in 35 states during the next 15 months, the company said. Locations
will include TravelCenters of America, Petro Stopping Centers, Pilot Travel
Centers and several independent sites.
Funding will come from the sale of $320 million short-term security
bonds. Generating that kind of capital, the company said, puts IdleAire in line
for a matching government grant of $42 million.
The company’s service, Advanced Truckstop Electrification, provides
hook-ups for truckers to get filtered in-cab heating and cooling, electrical
power and entertainment, according to an IdleAire press release. Long haul
truckers can shut off their engines and plug into the unit through the
passenger window using a $10 adapter to access the service for a per-hour fee.