The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has debuted a new mobile app that connects iPhone users to information about natural gas stations, electric vehicle chargers and other alt-fuel vehicle refueling infrastructure.
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator App, which can be found at Apple's App Store, allows iPhone users 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.
‘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,’ says Trish Cozart, an NREL project manager said. ‘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.’
The app draws information from the DOE Clean Cities' Alternative Fuels Data Center – the most comprehensive, up-to-date database of alternative fueling stations in the U.S. The database contains information for more than 15,000 alternative fueling stations throughout the country.