More than 25,000 gallons of truck fuel is projected to be saved annually as part of a $300,000 Duke Energy project to fund electrification at a North Carolina truck stop.
Big Boy’s Truck Stop, in the Johnston County town of Kenly, will soon have 24 truck electrification stations where drivers can pay to plug in and avoid idling engines. This will be an economical way to provide electricity and hot or cold air during overnight stays. Additionally, four plugs will provide standby power for refrigerated cargo to avoid the need to run diesel compressors.
“The economic and environmental aspects of the projects are terrific. It allows drivers to use technology to lower their own carbon footprint in the course of their daily work that benefits our environment,” said Melisa Johns, Duke Energy’s Vice President, Business Development.
On an annual basis, the project should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 500 tons and reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 2 tons.
IdleAir, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, will install and maintain the stations. They are expected to complete installation before this summer.
“This is a common sense feature that helps truckers get a cleaner, quieter night’s sleep, while saving them money and sparing the community from significant emissions,” said Mark Miller, President of Convoy Solutions, provider of IdleAir.
Each year, more than 2 billion gallons of diesel are wasted by overnight idling, according to a study from Argonne National Labs. Idling is the industry-standard method of providing overnight comfort to the more than one million drivers who sleep in their trucks each night.
The family-owned Big Boy’s Truck Stop is located at 595 Bagley Road, Kenly, North Carolina, off I-95, exit 105.
“We’re eager to attract new drivers, and give all guests an alternative to idling,” said Owner Walter Powell, Jr. “This will help us be better neighbors in our community, which means a lot to our business.”
The Duke Energy program was part of a 2015 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and environmental groups.