Many people are now aware of some of the alternative fuel options, but what they may not know is where to purchase them. However, several helpful Internet tools are available for consumers who wish to locate stations that sell alternative fuels.
One of these aids is an interactive map which tracks fueling stations offering biodiesel and ethanol. Located at www.MapMuse.com, online users can add local stations to the map by supplying information such as the station’s name, description, photo, or contact information. Once the addition has been verified, it is posted to the map within a few hours. Currently more than 650 ethanol stations and 350 biodiesel stations are listed.
Another tool is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Alternative Fuels Data Center. Using information gathered from trade associations, industry contacts, retailers, and general literature, the DOE’s alternative fuel station locator and map displays public and private fueling stations. The locator works by searching a nationwide database to find those stations offering compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), ethanol, electric, biodiesel, hydrogen, and liquefied natural gas.
The Alternative Fuels Data Center also offers an alternative fuel route mapper, which allows the user to plan a route and see where the alternative fuel stations are nearby. The DOE’s route mapper and station locator can be found at www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/infrastructure/refueling.html.