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News Release: Web Portal Makes Finding Ways to Drive Green Even Easier

October 13, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a convenient online directory of Web-based tools, database searches, cost calculators, and interactive maps—all related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles. This comprehensive Web page helps users quickly navigate to the 23 tools, maps, and searches available on the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) Web site for transportation technologies. Users can find the tools page on the AFDC under Information Resources at

The Web-based tools on the AFDC benefit everyone from legislators to fleet owners to consumers. Users can generate a map of the nearest alternative fueling stations, research vehicle specifications for hybrid and alternative fuel light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, compare mileage estimates, calculate cost savings for natural gas or flexible fuel vehicles, search for incentives and rebates, and more. 

"We are always striving to make the vast amount of information on the AFDC as accessible as possible," says Johanna Levene, NREL technology supervisor for the AFDC. "By putting links to all of our tools and searches on one Web page, we are helping users find what they need fast and introducing them to some useful tools and searches they might not even know existed."

The AFDC is managed by NREL and is sponsored by the Clean Cities Initiative (, a government-industry partnership sponsored by DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

NREL is DOE's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.




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