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Golden, Colo., May 5, 1999 A new online interactive computer program is taking the guesswork out of finding the fuel needed by the thousands of alternative vehicles on the road today in the United States.
The program, called the Alternative Fuel Refueling Station Locator, was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC). The AFDC is managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The user-friendly national locator can help drivers find ethanol and methanol blends, electricity, propane and natural gas. Drivers can search by a specific address, city, state or region.
"Tools like this will help us get more alternative fuel vehicles on the road," said Cynthia Riley, AFDC program manager at NREL. "Drivers can now have more confidence to plan cross-country trips and be able to find the fuel they need."
The new refueling station locator is supported by one of the most complete alternative fuel databases in the country. In addition to locating individual refueling stops, a user can "zoom in" and "zoom out" to view surrounding areas and streets and print the maps as needed.