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The National Idling Reduction Network brings together trucking and transit companies; railroads; ports; equipment manufacturers; Federal, state, and local government agencies (including regulators); nonprofit organizations; and national research laboratories to identify consistent, workable solutions to heavy-vehicle idling for the entire United States. Below is the most recent issue; the archives are available on the Archives page.


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July 2015 National Idling Reduction Network News: From the Editor

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

It's my opinion that everyone around the world does the same things, but they do them differently. After my mini “Grand Tour” of southern Europe and London earlier this month, my observations of vehicles idling there lend credence to my view.

To be fair, I must admit that the temperature was in the mid 30s C there (mid 90s F to us) and that it was always sunny. For context here at home, some states and localities that prohibit idling do allow it when temperatures are above a stated number (e.g., 75°F in Oregon or 92°F in Salt Lake City).

What I noted was:

  • Tour buses idle almost constantly, whether they're waiting at the cruise ship dock or a tourist destination.
  • Idling costs add up fast when fuel prices range from €1.23/liter for diesel and €1.30/liter for gasoline in Barcelona to £1.25/liter for gasoline and £1.40/liter for diesel in London.
  • London Transport uses some diesel-hybrid buses while Aix-en-Provence has some natural gas buses.
  • London was the only city where I saw any anti-idling signs.

Anti-Idling signage in London 2013 and 2015

We'd welcome any information you have about idling reduction policies in Europe. Also, please send us any pictures you've taken of anti-idling signs outside the United States.


Terry M. Levinson, Editor
Allegheny Science & Technology


Patricia Weikersheimer, Writer
Argonne National Laboratory


Solicitations for Funding and Awards

Program (with link to website) — Organization — Funding Amount — Due Date  (Information new since last month in boldface.)


Deadline in Chronological Order


First Come, First Served


Rolling Deadline Until Funds Are Awarded


Regulatory News

Public Hearings Scheduled for Phase 2 GHG Regulations

Public hearings for the U.S. EPA’s and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2” have been scheduled. The August 6 hearing will be in Chicago, Illinois, and the August 18 hearing will be held in Long Beach, California. The comment period for the Phase 2 proposal has been extended; comments will be accepted through September 17, 2015. More information may be found on the EPA's website.


Awards and Recognition

Awardee — Source of Award — Purpose of Award — Award Amount

  • Alabama State Port Authority — Alabama Department of Environmental Management — Purchase and installation of idle-control systems for 4 diesel locomotives — $31,000.


Reports and Other Resources of Interest

  • 2015 Work Truck Electrification and Idle Management Study (NTEA; link provides summary and ordering information)

  • Can Car Talk Convince People to Stop Idling? A Reader’s Plea (Car Talk)

  • Idle Reduction: A Win for Everyone (Western Washington Clean Cities)

  • Most Americans Don't Care How Fuel Economy Is Achieved, Says Study (NGT News)

  • Understanding and Reducing Engine Idling Has Huge Effects on the Bottom Line (Fleet Equipment)


Upcoming Meetings and Events

Name of meeting [with Link to Website] Date (Location) (Information new since last month in boldface.)


Electrified Parking Spaces

SmartWay Verified: Electric Standby for Reefers

EPA recently added electric-standby power, also called shore power, for refrigerated transport units (“reefers”) to its SmartWay Verified idling reduction technologies list. Plug-in power provides an alternative to running an engine to power refrigeration.

EPA’s SmartWay program develops test protocols, reviews strategies, and verifies the performance of vehicles and technologies that have the potential to reduce freight-related greenhouse gases and air pollutants. For more information, please go to EPA’s SmartWay Technology page.


IdleAir Opens New Location in Ohio

IdleAir has opened a new location in Beaverdam, Ohio. Located at the Flying J off I-75, the site has 33 spaces, each equipped to provide HVAC, power, Internet access, and entertainment for resting truck drivers. IdleAir’s website contains more information.



PANYNJ To Reduce Truck Idling

U.S. EPA and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) have reached an agreement to reduce air pollution at PANYNJ. The agreement includes a provision to reduce truck idling at the Port Newark-Elizabeth marine terminal.

The Port Authority will post anti-idling signs on port roadways and provide funding for a truck replacement program. It will also seek to provide up to $1.5 million in funding for terminal operators using cleaner, alternative sources of power, such as electricity, for their cargo-handling equipment. To further reduce diesel emissions, the Port Authority will also help truck operators create a system to manage truck traffic more expeditiously.

Under the agreement, the port's terminal operators will provide anti-idling instructions at gate entrances, install anti-idling signs, and undertake other driver-education efforts to reduce idling. Please see the U.S. EPA's website for more information.


Shore Power Planned for Port Metro Vancouver

The Government of Canada and Port Metro Vancouver plan to install shore-power facilities at two of the Port’s container-vessel terminals. The project is estimated to cost $12 million, with $6 million paid for by Transport Canada’s Shore Power Technology for Ports Program and $6 million paid for by the Port. Hydroelectricity will provide most of the shore-side power, which is expected to be operational by spring 2017.

Port Metro Vancouver became the first Canadian port to offer shore power in 2009, when it implemented shore power for cruise ships. More information can be found on the Port's website.


Other News of Interest

Novel Solution for Armored Truck Fleet

A Southern California security company has found a way to combine the benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology and alternative fuel use. With the help of North American Repower and Efficient Drivetrains, Sectran Security is converting a fleet of six Class-5 armored trucks to run on electricity or natural gas depending on the drive cycle. The trucks will operate in all-electric mode for stop-and-go operation—including at business stops, where the stationary vehicles require power for security reasons—and in hybrid mode for highway cruising. The "zero-emission with range extension" trucks are expected to be operational in the Los Angeles area next year.

California law restricts to 5 minutes the idling of commercial, diesel vehicles that weigh more 10,000 lb and that are required to be licensed for highway operation. More information about Sectran's fleet conversion is available at the Business Wire website.


Additional Idle Reduction Resources

Please visit the Vehicle Technologies Office's Idle Reduction webpage for links to more idle reduction resources, including an idling reduction savings calculator (xls calculator and printable pdf calculator), Locations of Electrified Parking Spaces, Status of the Weight Exemption for Idling Reduction Devices, and back issues of National Idling Reduction Network News. Other resources include IdleBox, an electronic, modular toolkit to facilitate idling reduction outreach and implementation, IdleBase, a database of idling regulations for all classes of on-road vehicles, and the Alternative Fuels Data Center idling page.