“The Shorepower Truck Electrification Project has made an impact on idling in areas where sites are available; the core early adopters are independent owner-operators and smaller fleets,” said Mike Bellemore, Idle Free Systems segment sales manager. Bellemore pointed to the latest Department of Transportation report that indicated that Shorepower is the least expensive idle reduction technology. It provided a breakdown of costs:
$4.01 /hour – Diesel engine, idling
$1.90 /hour – IdleAir TSE
$1.49 /hour – APU under load
$1.33 /hour – APU with no load
$1.08 /hour – Shorepower TSE
While the infrastructure is growing, it has a long way to go.
TSE technology continues to evolve. For example, a growing number of STEP locations have receptacles to accommodate 460v reefer systems, like Carrier Transicold’s Vector series units with electric standby capability, explained David Kiefer, director of sales and marketing, Carrier Transicold, Truck/Trailer/Rail Americas, Athens, Ga. Running the refrigeration unit on electric power saves fuel for the highway while eliminating noise and emissions from the refrigeration unit’s diesel engine while the trailer is parked.
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