Alternative Fuels Data Center
NREL developed and manages the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), the U.S. Department of Energy's comprehensive clearinghouse of information and data related to the deployment of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and energy efficiency in transportation for fleets, fuel providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders working to reduce petroleum use in transportation.
Interactive Transportation Deployment Tools
NREL's large suite of free online tools assist fleets and drivers in selecting and deploying the technologies and strategies that will best help them meet their environmental and energy goals.
Fleets and drivers can use calculators, interactive maps, and data searches to evaluate, select, and deploy alternative fuels and advanced vehicles as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
- Alternative Fueling Station Locator—find stations that offer electric vehicle charging, E85, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, or hydrogen
- Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool—evaluate options and develop a plan to reduce petroleum use.
- Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Engine Search and Light-Duty Vehicle Search—find and compare alternative fuel vehicles, hybrids, and engines.
Data and Information Resources
NREL collects, validates, and publishes comprehensive data on the AFDC related to vehicle availability, vehicle emissions, fuel economy, fueling station locations, fuel production, and policy incentives. In addition to providing this data through the AFDC's tools and data searches, NREL uses Web services and widgets to offer free and easy real-time access to stakeholders and the public.
Through the AFDC, NREL also provides extensive information and publications related to the deployment of advanced transportation technologies and fuels, including the following.
- Case Studies: Learn how fleets and other stakeholders have overcome technical and financial barriers to the deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
- Maps and Data: Access a large library of maps and data that provide insights into transportation trends, fuel use, vehicle availability, emissions, driving habits, fueling infrastructure, fuel production, and related topics.