IdleAir Rolls Out New Terminals, Partnerships

Maurer by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck stop electrification and air conditioning provider IdleAir announced it is opening three new U.S. locations, that it has formed partnerships with other trucking vendors and electric utilities, and that it is implementing new price offerings.

A division of Convoy Solutions, IdleAir’s new locations are a Flying J truck stop in Lebanon, Ohio, and two dedicated sites at two truckload carrier terminals. The company is providing services for U.S. Xpress Enterprises in Laredo, Texas, and for XPO Logistics in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Including the new places, IdleAir has 41 U.S. locations. Chief Listening Officer Jeff Maurer said here April 1 at a Mid-America Trucking Show press event the company typically has 30 parking spaces per location.

Maurer also said the company is working with two other vendors and three electric utilities, Duke Energy Corp., Entergy Corp. and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He said the three utilities have given Idle Air a combined $1.5 million for construction in order to promote truck stop electrification over idling diesel engines.

The vendors IdleAir is working with are Quickpay Funding, a bilingual factoring service, and Idle Smart, which provides in-cab heating, to complement IdleAir’s air conditioning service.

Maurer said low diesel prices have made truckers more likely to idle their trucks overnight rather than pay for a fuel-saving service such as IdleAir. He said the company has specials for 10-hour off-duty stretches and for a 34-hour restart period.