In late 2010 Ethan Garber, a successful Wall St investor, organized a group of hedge fund investors to take over the liquidated assets of IdleAire Technologies, rebranding it as IdleAir a brand owned by Convoy Solutions. Then and now IdleAir represents the largest truck stop electrification (TSE) network in the United States.
Under Convoy Solutions, Garber and his team (both new, and key staff from the old company) restarted the IdleAir network with the goal of streamlining it and optimizing it for different market segments. Under the leadership of Garber and Brian MacDonald (VP of Construction) Convoy Solutions was able to re-start 40 of the original sites, recover much of the equipment of removed sites (during the old company liquidation) and build new sites, predominantly as terminals rather than truck stop facilities.
In the past eight years Garber and key managers have led the development of creative solutions for new revenue streams such as repurposing and selling large quantities of used equipment in storage, subsidizing construction of new projects with grants and subsidies, expanding operations to Mexico and beyond. Management is also currently in the process of developing synergistic potential revenue streams, capitalising on remaining comparative advantage, such as virtual trucking dispatch and grants and subsidy services to third parties. In addition, strategic big picture opportunities are being cultivated such as packaging the remaining network for electrified trucking opportunities with a variety of partners. One such partner is eNow with their solar powered electric refrigerated trucking units and electric lift gates.