- 12 Dec
Comparing the number of different types of alternative fueling stations in the US
The Alternative Fuels Data Center of the US Department of Energy tracks the number of public alternative fueling stations, and the location of each, on their site here. The page includes public (not private) stations for propane, biodiesel, ethanol, electric plug-in, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, and liquid petroleum gas. According to the data as of November 25, 2012, here is the current rank order of each alternative fuel type by number of public stations.
- Electric – 5,059
- Propane – 2,421
- Ethanol – 2,264
- Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – 536
- Biodiesel – 294
- Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) – 30
- Hydrogen – 10
From a fuel pricing strategy perspective, the fuel volume pie continues to shrink as traditional fuel demand decreases and alternative fuel demand increases. It is increasingly important to manage fuel performance at each region down to the market and even the store level. The traditional fuel price management game is not for the faint of heart, and only fuel analysts with the best fuel price optimization software can be successful.