Plan Your Trip Around Alternative Fueling Stations

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In 1900, the United States had only 4,000 cars. The first purpose-built gas station didn’t open until 13 years later. Today, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular. Since 2010, EVs have seen a remarkable growth of 19,000%. Over 2.4 million EVs were registered in our country as of 2023 – and there were more than 138,000 charging outlets to service them.

A study by the Keck School of Medicine of USC has demonstrated that local air quality improves, nitrogen dioxide levels decrease, and there are fewer health emergencies when more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) are used in a specific area. For every additional 20 ZEVs per 1,000 people in a given zip code, there is a 3.2% drop in asthma-related emergency room visits.

Their meteoric recent growth and associated benefits highlight just how important EVs have become to transportation. They have established themselves as the cleaner and healthier mode of travel. EVs are also becoming more practical for taking longer trips, as more and more charging stations are installed almost daily.

Charging stations aren’t yet as common as gas stations. If you are planning a long-distance trip in an EV, then you never want to find yourself too far away from a charging station. That’s what makes the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator so invaluable. It allows you to pinpoint the locations of various types of charging stations nationwide, including Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast charging stations. It also shows the locations of other alternative fueling stations: propane, hydrogen, ethanol (E85), biodiesel (B20 and above), liquified natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and renewable diesel (R20 and above).