Truck Stop Electrification
NREL's Fleet Test and Evaluation Team is evaluating and documenting the use of 50 truck stop electrification (TSE) sites along the busiest transportation corridors in the United States.
Truck drivers typically idle their vehicles during mandated rest periods to maintain access to air conditioning, heat, and electricity. TSE sites allow truckers to enjoy these auxiliary systems by plugging into the electric grid instead of running their engines.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided funding for these TSE sites—which feature electric power pedestals at 1,250 truck parking spaces—and for rebates to upgrade 5,000 long-haul trucks for drivers who agreed to use the facilities.
Site usage will be monitored for three years to study patterns across the trucking industry and to determine if electrified truck parking offers a viable alternative for reducing the nation's dependence on petroleum-based fuels.
NREL publishes technical reports about truck stop electrification and the performance of these vehicles.
The first preliminary report—Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, Cumulative Results: January 2013 — June 2013—covers the first and second quarters of 2013.
View an interactive map of truck stop electrification locations across the United States.