Argonne Launches Online Tool for Alt-Fuel Decision-Making

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Argonne National Laboratory’s AFLEET Tool (Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation) is now available in an online version.

Argonne – which is managed by UChicago Argonne LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science – says the resource is a free, publicly available, spreadsheet-based tool that calculates and compares the costs and environmental benefits of a broad range of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. It also accommodates all vehicle types, from passenger cars and pickup trucks to buses and freight trucks.

First launched in 2013, AFLEET is suited for fleet and transportation project managers who need to compare vehicle technologies for petroleum use, emission reductions, air quality benefits and economic payback.

“Every fleet is going to be a little bit different,” explains Andrew Burnham, an Argonne environmental scientist who designed the tool. ​“We’re helping decision-makers understand the environmental and cost impacts of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies for their specific applications. AFLEET and its new online companion version provide a comprehensive and easier way to make those decisions.”

AFLEET and AFLEET Online are sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. The resource is available here.

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