Open for business: Delaware opens 24 truck electrification spaces

| Thursday, April 21, 2011

Truckers without APUs now have another alternative to idling when stopping at the Smyrna Rest Area in Delaware.

On April 19, a grand opening was hosted for 24 electrification spaces for trucks at the site. These are the first of their kind available in Delaware.

According to a Delaware Department of Transportation news release, the electrification project was funded by a 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant. The project was a partnership between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, DelDOT and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

With diesel prices in the $4 range, the electrification spaces may be a cheaper alternative to idling.

“For $20, they can purchase a reusable window adapter, which includes the credit card with eight hours of usage time,” according to the DelDOT release.

Additional hours can be purchased for $2.50 per hour.

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