SmartWay Transport Partnership
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EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership works to accelerate innovative emission reduction technology into the freight industry. Many technologies have the potential to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Electrification is one such technology.
Unnecessary idling at truck stops wastes about a billion gallons of fuel annually. Advanced truck stop electrification offers a feasible solution. Electrification is a technology that harnesses an electrical system to provide the truck operator with climate control, access to telecommunication (e.g., e-mail and the Internet), and other needs, eliminating the need to idle the main engine. Electrification can be a stand-alone system or can include a combined on-board and off-board system.
In October 2003, EPA and the Department of Transportation held the first national workshop on developing consistent truck stop electrification codes and electrical standards. Following this workshop, EPA published a Notice of Data Availability in the Federal Register requesting comments and suggestions that would be used to better develop a national consensus.