Research Project Summary Information
EnviroDock Truck Stop Electrification(ST10585-1)
In the United States long haul freight industry there has been a recent introduction of mandatory state and municipal laws and ordinances prohibiting truck drivers from idling their engines while stationary; particularly when parked at truck stops, distribution centers, and rest areas. In order to keep sleeper cabs at habitable temperatures and engines warm, truck drivers need to idle their engines, but new laws prohibit doing do for more than 5 minutes. The new legislation, which will soon affect every state in the U.S., reflects changing societal attitudes toward environmental pollution, the conservation of fossil fuel, and the reduction of diesel fuel emissions. Thus there is a dramatic increase in the need for affordable, effective anti-idling technology which will enable the trucking industry to comply with new legislation.
In an effort to reduce noise, air pollution, and fuel costs EnviroDock Inc. was formed and produced an affordable, stand-alone alternative for the transportation industry. The EnviroDock system includes electrification, heating, and air conditioning (HVAC); everything the truck driver needs to allow him to turn his engine off and stay comfortable for 10 hours at a time. The system can be installed at truck stops, distribution centers, and rest areas to allow drivers to comply with current and future anti-idling legislation requirements. Installation of the EnviroDock system allows truck stop owners, fleet owners, and state and highway authorities to provide idling alternatives at their parking areas in compliance with recently-introduced anti-idling legislation. Use of the system greatly diminishes both air and noise pollution and increases fuel conservation and therefore has beneficial effects not only for the environment, but also for drivers, truck stop owners, and neighborhood residents.
Reducing unnecessary truck idling saves fuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, cuts air pollution, and saves money. A typical long haul combination truck that eliminates unnecessary idling could save up to 1,900 gallons of fuel each year. Saving this much fuel annually would remove 19 metric tons of carbon dioxide, reduce NOx and PM emissions, save in transit costs, and lower engine maintenance.
There is approximately 25 million hours of parking in New York State every year. When engines are idled during parking as they are currently, it amounts to a consumption of approximately 20,000,000 gallons of diesel and resultant pollution. The economic impact of idling trucks on the NYS’s economy therefore is enormous; at $4.00 per gallon of diesel, 20 millions gallons equals $80 million that would be saved by the trucking industry if anti-idling technology were adopted.
Within this project several design alternatives were explored and improved with the final versions (stationary and portable) being deployed at truck stops in Canaan and Albany, NY. Initial acceptance has been positive and EnviroDock is monitoring utilization while pursuing additional sites for deployment.
59 Kensico Rd
Thornwood, NY 10594
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R&D -Transport & Power Systems