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NREL and Google Launch Map of America's Alternative Fuel Stations

June 25, 2009

The National Renewable Energy Labs and Google have partnered to launch a tool called TransAtlas that maps all existing and planned alternative fuel stations across the country. 

The mapping tool allows users to view each type of fuel station as a layer, so users can view one at a time or all fuel types simultaneously. The seven alternative fuels mapped are hydrogen, propane, electric, liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, E85 and biodiesel.  

The tool also allows customers to view vehicle density layers for hybrid-electric, flex-fuel and diesel cars. Electric and hydrogen stations are far behind fuels like E85 and biodiesel, but their locations correspond pretty neatly with the areas where those cars are being driven.  

While it's a simple application of Google Maps, it's interesting to see the reality of alternative fuel infrastructure in the country, and how far we still have to go before non-gasoline vehicles have a real chance to survive on American roads.

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