The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the NREL-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator.
The tool, which is part of a significant investment by the Canadian government to expand the country’s electric and alternative fueling infrastructure, ensures drivers and fleets can adopt these fuels with confidence because of newfound access to user-friendly and reliable information about stations offering electric vehicle charging, E85, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen.
Within the tool’s “Analyze & Download Data” function, the data for Canada can also be queried by geographic location, along a route, by public or private stations, or by payment options.
The Canadian alternative fueling data is now also available via the open application programming interface (API) on the NREL Developer Network. This means analysts and web developers anywhere can obtain accurate and trusted data about fueling sites in both Canada and the US. The NREL-Canada partnership also signifies a first step in evaluating what capabilities exist for creating a single tool with station information across North America.
The Canadian tool provides endless opportunities for building out other alternative fuel applications and analyses. We are already investigating requirements for adding international alternative fuel corridors in the future.—NREL’s Johanna Levene, who manages crosscutting Station Locator data programs