New Free App Lets You Find Alternative Fueling Stations

Need help locating fueling stations offering alternative fuels, including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, e85 Ethanol, propane and hydrogen? There’s now an iPhone app for that, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The new Alternative Fueling Station Locator App is available now for free download through the Apple App Store.

The app draws on information from Clean Cities’ Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), said the NREL, “which houses the most comprehensive, up-to-date database of alternative fueling stations in the United States. The database contains information for more than 15,000 alternative fueling stations throughout the country.” The AFDC is noted as being “a comprehensive clearinghouse of information about advanced transportation technologies,” offering “unbiased information, data and tools related to the deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.”

image via NREL

image via NREL

Those making use of this piece of software on their iPhone will be able to

select an alternative fuel and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Users can view the locations on a map or as a list containing station addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation.

In addition to this, users can visit the AFDC website to access alternative fueling station data, including embedding a “widget” tool on their own websites for others to make use of. The related data is also “also available via data feeds that developers can access and use in their own mobile and web applications. Provided through NREL’s developer site, developers can retrieve the data through a web services API (application programming interface).”

“If you drive an electric vehicle, for example, you can now use your iPhone to easily identify, contact and navigate to the charging station that is most convenient to you,” NREL Project Manager Trish Cozart said in a statement. “Generally, people don’t search for a station while they are sitting at a computer; they need this information while they are out and about, which makes a mobile application the ideal means to deliver it.”

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