Fleet Atlas is a Web-based application developed by NREL that helps users visualize their garage locations and nearby alternative fueling stations on a map. The application is based on a largely open-source software stack.
After fleet location data have been imported into the database, the application automatically generates data layers showing garage locations as well as those alternative fueling stations located within five miles of a garage location. The alternative fueling station layers are separated by fuel type, which includes E85 ethanol, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied propane gas, hydrogen, and electricity. This information can be used to answer questions such as:
- Which garages have access to which alternative fuel? This answer can be used to identify locations where alternative fuel vehicles should be added to the fleet and which fuels those vehicles should utilize.
- Which garages do not have access to alternative fuel? This answer identifies where not to place alternative fuel vehicles and where to consider utilizing other technologies, such as hybrid vehicles, or installing infrastructure.
The tool also provides data layers depicting flex-fuel, diesel, and hybrid-electric vehicle densities in the overall U.S. vehicle fleet. When fleet managers are deciding whether to install fueling infrastructure, these data indicate the number of potential customers outside their fleet.