Alternative Fueling Stations Surpass 10,000-Mark
December 28, 2012
The number of publicly accessible alternative fueling stations in the United States recently surpassed 10,000, as documented by the Alternative Fueling Station Locator, an online mapping tool housed on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC).
Developed and administered by NREL, the AFDC has provided a comprehensive national inventory of alternative fueling stations for almost 20 years. The Alternative Fueling Station Locator provides geographic data for stations that offer biodiesel, E85, electricity, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane for vehicles. The recent addition of the 10,000th publicly accessible station represents a near tripling in the number of such stations during the past two decades.
Recent increases in the number of alternative fueling stations are partly attributable to the deployment and preparation for plug-in electric vehicles in the market. In order to meet these vehicles' charging needs, more than 4,000 charging stations are now available to drivers.
Through data services provided by NREL, developers can access and use alternative fueling station data in their own mobile and Web applications. For example, AAA uses the AFDC's data for electric vehicle charging stations in their TripTik Travel Planner to help customers find places to charge their electric vehicles.