AFDC Alternative Fuels Data Center

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Providing biofuels tools and information

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) was created in 1991 in response to federal legislation encouraging greater use of alternative fuels to displace petroleum. Developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the AFDC provides data, documents, online tools, and other resources to enable implementation of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies at the local and regional levels. Supported by the Clean Cities and EPAct Fleet activities within DOE’s FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program, the AFDC continues to be an unbiased source of data related to biofuels and other alternative fuels.

The AFDC was used by more than 1.5 million Clean Cities stakeholders, industry representatives, fleets, consumers, and university students in fiscal year 2006. Thousands of documents and several interactive tools help users make fuel and vehicle purchase decisions, infrastructure evaluations, fueling choices, fleet management decisions, and contact with experts, among other capabilities. The goal of the AFDC is to provide unbiased, technically sound information that explains the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for alternative fuels and vehicles.

A large portion of AFDC resources focuses on biofuels data and information. The AFDC contains more than 1,300 documents, dozens of Web pages, and several online tools specific to biodiesel and ethanol. We provide a complete list, below.




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The Information Source for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reach their energy and economic goals through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.