Not only can you find any public charging and alt-fuel station from a user-friendly source, you can also view it on your iPhone and iPad. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new mobile app so drivers can find any green fuel you can think of – biodiesel (B20), electricity, ethanol (E85), hydrogen, natural gas and propane – at nearly 12,750 stations in the US.

The free iOS app for the Alternative Fueling Station Locator website displays fueling station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation in the vicinity of the driver. They can also set parameters for the search such as what payment methods are accepted.

We poked around with it a bit and found that the clear popularity winner is electric vehicle charging stations – with 6,699 public stations shown on the map. Liquefied petroleum gas (propane) is number two, at 2,705 stations. The bottom two on the chart are liquefied natural gas (42) and hydrogen (10).

The DOE has been big on apps lately. Earlier this year, the agency announced winners of its Apps for Vehicles Challenge aimed at improving safety, fuel economy and driver comfort. The contest brought in almost 40 entries, and judges gave their prize to the Dash app; the popular choice went to the MyCarma and Green Button Gamer took the safety innovation prize. Fuel Economy Coach won the fuel efficiency motivation award. That app gives drivers feedback and coaching that's supposed to help them cruise more efficiently. It does require a hand-free device, though, to alleviate distracted driving.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 14 Hours Ago
      That's cool, but why did our government need to make a site like this? there are quite a few ones already created by individuals..
        EZEE
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        And why didn't ABG talk about those?
        Naturenut99
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        The site has been up for more than a decade. Only the app is new. While there are apps that show EV charging stations, none that show all alt fuels.
      Ziv
      • 14 Hours Ago
      In Northern Virginia, Plugshare has more accurate and comprehensive coverage of the available charging stations. Nice try by the DOE, but it leaves too many good charging stations out.
      JP
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Fun comparison for those who think hydrogen is any sort of a good idea, choose it as a fuel and click go, then choose electric and click go. Get it?
        Chechnya
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @JP
        Yes, because this list is the complete list of all hydrogen refueling stations in the United States, dope.
        Dave
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @JP
        You may also want to look at a map of existing hydrogen production facilities: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10261751-54.html
        Letstakeawalk
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @JP
        The hydrogen refueling infrastructure, as it currently exists in a prototype phase, is entirely sufficient for the current demand placed upon it by the fleets of prototype/demonstration FCVs. As demand for hydrogen infrastructure increases, it can easily be rolled out.
      EZEE
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Nearly no one has commented on this article, so I'm assuming it's not very interesting to most. However, I downloaded the app, and it works very nicely. I rangers getting low on gas, and I'm going to fill it up with E85 with a station I just discovered using the app. Good job Department of Energy!
        Letstakeawalk
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @EZEE
        I don't have an iOS device, so I cannot check it out. Surely an Android app is also in the works.
          EZEE
          • 14 Hours Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          I prefer iOS over Android (my preference) - however, there are now more Android devices out there than iOS, so never sure why something like this goes to iOS first.