Free is good

By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

The move to reduce truck stop idling during rest periods continues, and a number of organizations are promoting truck stop electrification (TSE) to encourage drivers to use external power sources. Many big rigs now have all-electric no-idle heating and air conditioning units on board.

To encourage owners and operators to connect to the grid, Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions are jointly administering a federal program aimed at increasing the use of idle reduction technology. The program is making available 1,300 connector kits at no charge.

Once installed, the wiring and control kit allows a driver to plug in to power pedestals at truck stops and other locations and have 120VAC service available for both HVAC and personal electronics. Cable television is also included where available.

The free kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 25 kits per truck operator or fleet. The connector kit consists of an electrical receptacle for mounting on the exterior of the truck cab, a cab interior 120-volt AC outlet and wiring harness, as well as an on-off switch and a ground fault circuit interrupter. There are some terms and conditions connected with the program, but they appear straightforward and easily met. Another program, STEP, is also funding installation of new and additional electric pedestals at 50 truck stops.

The sponsors note that even with a small charge for electrical use, perhaps $1 per hour, the immediate savings become obvious when compared to diesel fuel at over $4 per gallon.

Information on the program is available at

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When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

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The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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