WEST GARDINER — The Maine Turnpike Authority’s Truck Stop Electrification parking facility opened today.

The $1.2 million facility is the first of its kind in northern New England. The facility encourages long-haul truck drivers to use “idle-free” technology.

The 30 AireDocke TSE units allow truckers to “hook up and shut down” the vehicles while they rest or sleep. Each unit allows truckers to plug in their engine block heaters and electrical equipment. Units also have Internet connections and window-mounted air-exchange units to pump filtered hot or cold fresh air into the cab. The cost is $2 per hour.

The facility was funded by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the federal stimulus package. The units were constructed by Craufurd Manufacturing of Belchertown, Mass., which will also operates the units. R.J. Grondin & Sons of Gorham performed the site work.