Seven more truckstops have joined the electric plug-in power network by adding power pedestals, Shorepower Technologies said.

The seven locations are in in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington state. The truckstops offer more than 140 truck parking spaces with power connections. Five of the seven locations are also offering connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers.

Shorepower Technologies is also offering a try-it-free offer for new users. The first night is free with any new registration. For more information, call 888-841-3137 or visit www.shorepowerconnect.com. Use the promo code - SPTNEW1. The free night offer is for new customers and is valid for cab power only. 

The new locations are:

  • Flying J - Elkton, Md. - 24 plugs-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480V)
  • Detroiter Travel Center - Woodhaven, Mich. - 24 plugs-ins and six refrigeration unit connections (480-volt power).
  • Champlain Truck Center - Champlain, N.Y. - 24 plug-ins and two refrigeration unit connections (480V)
  • 21B Travel Plaza - West Coxsackie, N.Y. - 24 plug-ins and six refrigeration unit connections (480V).
  • Flying J Travel Plaza - Dallas, Texas - 12 plug-ins. 
  • Flying J - Ruther Glen, Va. - 24 plug-ins and five refrigeration unit connections (480V) 
  • George Truck Stop - George, Wash.  12 plug-ins.  

“While this summer is not expected to be as hot as the last three, forecasters are still expecting temperatures in the southern and western United States to be higher than normal,” said Alan Bates, vice president of marketing for Shorepower Technologies. “Truckers who are looking for ways to stay cool this summer without idling their truck engines or running diesel-powered APUs, shore power can offer an alternative. Shore power can also help truckers with battery-powered APUs get a full rest in cool comfort without worrying whether the batteries can keep up with the draw of the air conditioner. It's a perfect complement to a battery system.

Even if you don't have a shore power-compatible APU or integrated HVAC system, a heavy-duty 12-gauge or larger extension cord and a 110-volt alternating current (AC) air conditioning unit is all you need to stay cool, Bates said. Adding a power strip can power other personal appliances, a laptop or a microwave.  Shorepower’s pedestals provide access to 120-volt or 208-volt power sources, at a rate of $1 per hour, with cable TV available at a number of locations.