New SRP device helps reduce emissions for idle diesel trucks
PHOENIX — An all-electronic device aimed at providing comforts for diesel truck drivers is being offered by Salt River Project’s Truck Stop and Fleet Electrification program.
The device provides heat, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and television to truckers so they can turn off idle trucks and stop burning unnecessary fuel.
SRP partnered with Schneider’s operating center near 39th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, opening 20 Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) parking spots to roll out the project.
Parking spots were built with devices designed to specially fit into semi-truck cab windows. Tennessee-based TSE company IdleAir helped implement the new devices in the parking spots.
According to a release by SRP, one parking spot is designed to save $1,500 worth of fuel costs annually and running idle vehicles can cost up to $3 an hour while IdleAir units operate on just 25 cents per hour.
Semi-trucks can typically run idle for more than 40 hours in a week, which adds unnecessary workloads to the engine.
The IdleAir units reduce engine wear along with providing reduced air and noise pollution and better resting conditions for drivers.