Many truckers will idle their trucks all night at truck stops, in order to run air conditioning and other appliances. When I first heard this, I couldn't quite believe it, since the fuel cost must be huge. Apparently it's not enough to stop the practice. It costs about $2 an hour to idle the trucks. Now a recent invention called IdleAir may put an end to the idling. With IdleAir, the truckers shut their engines off, and hook up one of these units through a window. The unit pumps cool air into the cab, and provides a screen with Internet access, 110V AC, and USB ports.If successful, the benefits would be threefold: less air pollution around truck stops, less noise pollution and no wasted fuel.
[by Justin Thomas]