As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to data and give consumers more transportation options that save money at the pump, the Energy Department today launched a new mobile app to help drivers find stations that provide alternative fuel for vehicles.
Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with support from the Energy Department, the Alternative Fueling Station Locator app provides information on more than 15,000 stations across the country. Users can search for stations that offer electricity, biodiesel (B20), natural gas (compressed and liquefied), ethanol (E85), hydrogen, and propane. After the user selects a fuel, the app maps the stations closest to his or her current location. The app also includes the stations’ addresses, phone numbers, and operating hours. Using the app’s filters, drivers can also search for stations that meet certain parameters, such as whether the station is open to the public and what payment methods it accepts.
Alternative fuel vehicles produce fewer greenhouse gases and harmful emissions than their conventional counterparts and reduce the United States’ dependence on imported oil. This app is just the latest tool the Energy Department has made available to help drivers find the right vehicle and fuel that suits their needs. It is a mobile version of the Alternative Fueling Station Locator website, one of 15 tools designed to reduce the use of petroleum in transportation available on the Department’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator app is available for the iPhone and iPad at no cost from the Apple App Store.