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EPA and DOT Work toward National Electric Hook-Up Codes and Standards to Reduce Idling at U.S. Truck Stops
Release Date: 10/16/2003
John Millett 202-564-7842 / email@example.com
(10/16/03) EPA and the Department of Transportation will host a workshop to discuss national codes and standards that could be put in place to provide uniform truck stop electrification infrastructure across the country. This full-day workshop will review current, applicable standards and discuss best approaches to arriving at national standards for both on-board and stationary truck stop electrification equipment. This emerging technology involves modifications to trucks and truck stop parking spaces that will provide electrical power, heat and air conditioning to truck cabins to eliminate engine idling. EPA established its National Transportation Idle-Free Corridors program in an effort to reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption associated with truck idling. Installing truck stop electrification can reduce pollution, and fuel and maintenance costs incurred by truck owners. The workshop will be held on Oct. 27 at EPA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Speakers and participants include standards organizations, truck and engine manufacturers, long-haul trucking fleets, truck stop operators, truck-related associations, state agencies and technology manufacturers. EPA’s anti-idling program is part of the SmartWay transport initiative -- http://www.epa.gov/smartway/ . For more information about electrification and anti-idling, go to: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/retrofit/documents/f03020.htm .