Mobile Service Locates Alternative Fueling Stations Nationwide

CNG_pump.jpg Finding a filling station for your alternative fuel vehicle just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a mobile information service developed by the US Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, which manages the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.
Building out a network of filling stations is a big part of the challenge when it comes to spurring demand for and use of alternative fuel vehicles. Whether it’s E85, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electricity or hydrogen, there doesn’t seem to be near enough facilities around the nation to make alternative fuel vehicles convenient, certainly from a nationwide perspective.
Looking to make it easier for alternative fuel vehicle owners to locate what is out there the DoE yesterday announced the launch of the Mobile Alternative Fueling Station Locator, a project sponsored by the Clean Cities Initiative.
“Most drivers don’t realize alternative fuels are readily available in their areas, so the goal of the mobile station locator is to show them that alternative fueling sites are conveniently located,” stated Dennis Smith, director of the National Clean Cities program. “Mobile Internet access means consumers can find alternative fuel stations at their convenience, whenever and where ever they want.”
Making use of some of the latest mobile GPS-enabled location services, the mobile service uses Google Maps to produce maps to fueling sites and lists stations’ names, locations, contact information and business hours. Detailed driving directions and instant phone connections are accessible via this website.

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