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Trucks Reduce Emissions by 83%

truck fuel effiencyTruck stop electrification is boosting fuel efficiency and minimizing dependence on foreign oil from idling trucks

There are 1.3 million long-haul diesel trucks with sleeper cabs in the United States, with most drivers averaging over 100,000 miles annually. These trucks are highly affected by skyrocketing fuel prices and are dependent on foreign oil. As the value of the dollar diminishes, transportation costs are partly to blame.

Idling Trucks Waste Fuel

Truck drivers are required to rest for 10 hours for every 11 hours of driving. A large amount of fuel is consumed when drivers leave trucks idling to maintain comfort. 85% of the energy is wasted sleeper cabs are heated by an idling truck. It is even more inefficient to cool the sleeper cab, wasting 94% of the fuel’s energy.

Truck Stop Electrification

Truck stop electrification (TSE) reduces fuel use while maintaining comfort for the driver with a heating, cooling and ventilation unit that attaches to trucks through a flexible concentric hose. Electricity, internet, and television reception are also available.

The Benefits

An impressive 83% net emissions reduction is achieved after taking into account the electricity required to power these units. Because most electricity is generated using domestic energy supplies, energy dollars stay closer to home. Air quality is improved for communities near truck stops as fewer trucks idle. Trucking companies enjoy lower fuel costs and less wear and tear on engines. Driver comfort is increased by reducing the noise, pollution and vibration from the idling trucks, while offering more entertainment and communication options.

Now TSE manufacturers just need to figure out how to provide showers and fresh coffee through these units.

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