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26.1 Alternative Fueling Stations and Willingness to Use

This indicator presents the number of alternative fuel stations available to the public in Albuquerque.

This indicator is part of Sustainable energy.

Indicator description:

This indicator presents the number of alternative fuel stations available to the public in Albuquerque in 2012, compared with alternative fuel stations in peer Southwest communities. Private fleet fueling sites are not included in this data. Alternative fueling stations serve vehicles using alternative fuels, including E85, Biodiesel, Electric, Compressed Natural Gas, and/or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (propane). A citizen survey, conducted in 2007 (before the 2008 run up in vehicle fuel prices), determined the likelihood of Albuquerque citizens using alternative fuels in their vehicles and how much more they might pay for those types of fuels, if anything.

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Alternative Fuel Public Stations as of July 2012
City LPG Biodiesel E85 CNG Electric Total Per 500,000 Population
Albuquerque 2 2 2 2 8 7.24
El Paso 10 1 11 22 16.53
Colorado Springs 4 1 7 3 15 17.59
Oklahoma City 10 4 7 3 24 20.27
Tucson 6 1 6 2 33 48 45.65
Austin 8 1 1 2 63 75 45.70
Salt Lake City 7 9 8 24 63.19

Why is this indicator relevant?

In order to impact this condition, fueling infrastructures for alternatively fueled vehicles must exist. This combination of vehicles and infrastructure is an important means of reducing dependence on foreign oil, transferring fewer dollars to other countries, and lessening transportation-based impacts on air quality (localized pollutants and CO2). In 2008, the APR reported 100 total alternative fueling stations among the seven peer cities, including Albuquerque. In 2012, the total is 216, of which 123 are electric fueling stations. There has been a significant increase in the number of hybrid electric automobile models, from 16 in 2008 to 27 now in 2012. Conversely, in the last four years the number of E85 fueled vehicle models has decreased from 31 to 5.

Data Sources:
US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center; Albuquerque Citizen Perception of Community Conditions Survey, 2007

What can we tell from the data?

  • Albuquerque has eight alternative fueling stations available directly to the public. This does not include private stations that may be available to the public with special fueling cards.
  • In 2007, eighty one percent (81%) of citizens were very likely or somewhat likely to use alternative fuels in their vehicles. There was strong support for alternative fuels among all age groups.
  • Despite Albuquerque having the fewest alternative fuel stations among peer cities, New Mexico, as a state, has the highest volume of alternative fuel vehicles per 100,000 in population among peer cities in both public and private sectors.


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