TravelCenters of America to Add Hydrogen Fueling Sites for Big Rigs

Truck-stop operator TravelCenters of America Inc. is stepping up its alternative-energy game as tougher regulations push the commercial transport sector to look beyond diesel fuel.

TravelCenters, the largest publicly traded U.S. truck-stop company, said Thursday it is forming a new business unit called eTA that aims to eventually supply drivers with alternative energy across much of its nationwide network of 270-plus locations.

The rollout is starting in Southern California, where TravelCenters will work with electric-truck maker Nikola Corp. to install hydrogen fueling sites for heavy-duty trucks at two locations. The company also plans to install FreeWire Technologies Inc. electric-vehicle charging stations for automobiles at some facilities in the state along Interstate Highway 5.