Truckstop Electrification Program Opens First Location on I-84 in Oregon

The Baker Truck Corral on I-84 will provide electric shore power starting August 12. It is the first electrified truckstop parking location to become operational as part of the national Shorepower Truck Electrification Project program funded by the US Dept. of Energy. It is the first of 50 truckstops across the country that will be electrified in the next 12-18 months through the program.

The Baker Truck Corral, at milepost 304 on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, is located about 450 miles west of Salt Lake City on the way to Portland, Ore. (300 miles) or Seattle (380 miles).

The August 12 opening, hosted by partners Cascade Sierra Solutions and Shorepower Technologies, offers an opportunity for equipment vendors, fleet managers, owner operators, and truckstop owners to experience firsthand the benefits of using plug-in power for idle reduction equipment.

New power pedestals there will provide 24 new electrified parking spaces. Plugged-in demonstration vehicles and shore power compatible products will be available for evaluation; vendors and CSS staff will be on hand to answer questions and inform drivers about the 20% rebate program for idle-reduction equipment. Shorepower Technologies will be there to demonstrate how easy and affordable it is to use the payment kiosk and plug-in receptacles.

Activities begin at 1:00 pm with speakers and representatives from local and regional governments, and other project partners. Equipment will be on display afterwards, and the Truck Corral will host a free BBQ dinner beginning at 5:00 pm.

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