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Truck Stop Electrification

Photo of trucks lined up in parking bays at Hunts Point Market.
Trucks line up in parking bays at Hunts Point Market in the South Bronx.

In partnership with Hunts Point Cooperative Market, Sustainable South Bronx, Clean Air Communities Foundation and Idle Aire Technologies, we initiated and helped provide funding for the nation's first anti-idling truck stop electrification program for trucks parked at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx. As part of the program, overhead climate-control systems and electrical hook-ups have been installed at 28 parking bays, allowing drivers at the world's largest wholesale food distribution center to power their on-board appliances and refrigerated trailers without running their engines.

Photo of television, other appliances in truck cab
Truck-stop electricity powers on-board appliances.

The electrification could save participating truck companies about 40 percent in maintenance costs compared with the cost of extensive idling, save thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and eliminate over 2,000 tons of pollutants each year. The program has been awarded the Clean Air Award from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.