NearBio Launches NearE85.com, Biofuel Route Wizard
10 July 2007
|Screen clip from the Route Wizard. Based on the green route line, the Route Wizard generates a table of station locations and payment data. Click to enlarge.|
NearBio, the developer of the first alternative fuel locator for mobile devices and author of the daily-updated, verified, and 100% geocoded NearBiobiodiesel station database (earlier post), is introducing NearE85.com: a free, daily-updated, individually-verified and 100% geocoded United States E85 station database, accessible from cell phones and mobile devices.
NearE85.com enables mobile phone users (and computer users) to find the nearest E85 stations based on city, zip code, or GPS coordinates. The database currently has more than 1,000 locations and is complete with driving directions, hours, and payment options.
While on the road, cell phone users can access NearE85.com and retrieve the five nearest E85 fueling locations along with driving directions, phone numbers and other details. For mobile devices that do not have Internet access, NearE85 supports location retrieval via text messaging.
NearE85 staff have called each location for availability and included only stations with retail pumps (private government pumps are not included). Store hours and payment options are included for user convenience. Furthermore, each location has been geocoded to the address level with more than 200 manually placed on the map.
Additional NearE85.com website features include: sending E85 station data to cell phones for future reference; a daily E85 newsfeed; and a Biofuel Route Wizard (still in beta).
The Biofuel Route Wizard is an interactive, web-based graphical tool that allows a user to interactively draw their route on a US map. The Route Wizard then analyzes their route to find all biofuel stations within 10 miles of their route. It also indicates the number of miles between stops, the details of each stations, and the distance of each station from the route. Results can be graphically viewed on a single US map or can be downloaded to a navigation device using the GPX standard format.
Based on the development of the NearE85 service, NearE85 prepared a report comparing flex-fuel vehicle sales to the NearE85 station database for each state. Of the states that have any E85 fueling locations, the following have the least availability per 1,000 flex-fuel vehicles and therefore represent areas with fueling infrastructure growth opportunities.
|10 States with Lowest E85 Station Availability per |
|State||E85 Stations per 1,000 FFVs|
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