$22 million for truck stop electrification announced

| Friday, August 07, 2009

President Obama recently announced $2.4 billion in funding for electric cars, batteries and other electric infrastructure, including the development of idling alternatives at dozens of U.S. truck stops.

The new funding also will include partial reimbursement for truck owners to add certain equipment, although that portion of the project isn’t expected to open until late fall 2009.

Administered by Cascade Sierra Solutions of Coburg, OR, $22.5 million will go to install Shorepower Truck Electrified Parking Space (STEPS) systems for diesel trucks at 50 truck stops throughout the U.S.

Cascade Sierra Solutions will also provide a 25 percent rebate for truck owners who purchase idle-reduction equipment “upgrades with electric stand-by capabilities.”

“Many new model trucks come equipped with electric plug-in capabilities. These equipment rebates are intended to accelerate the use of the stand-by power pedestals by older model trucks during their rest periods.” said Dave Orton, Communication Manager at CSS. “If we can encourage the use of this equipment, we know drivers can save a gallon of fuel an hour by not having to idle their main engines for cab comfort.”

Much of the $2.4 billion announced by Obama on Thursday, Aug. 6, will go to build battery packs for personal vehicles, plug-in hybrids and electric minivans and trucks.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer