Alternative Fuel Stations

Providing access to alternative fuel stations including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations, ethanol fuel stations, and electric car charging stations is another important component in increasing the diversity and accessibility of transportation options in the region.

In 2018, there were 61 alternative fuel stations, including 47 electric car charging stations, 3 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) outlets, and 11 gas stations that sell ethanol (E85) in the metropolitan planning area (MPA), an increase of 17 stations (38.6%) from 2015, as shown in the table and map below.

Number of Alternative Fuel and Charging Stations

Urbanized AreaElectric Car Charging Stations (Unrestricted)Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) outletsGas stations that sell ethanol (E85)Total Alternative Fuel Stations
20152741344
20164041357
20174431360
20184731161
Data Source: Plugshare.com, Alternative Fuels Data Center, University of Illinois Electric vehicle charging space list

Please note that the method for counting electric charging stations has been revised between the 2017 and 2018 report card updates. Most electric charging stations require use for longer duration than standard fueling stations. For this reason, one electric charging station accounts for access to one parking stall equipped with an electric charging outlet. Both the total number of electric charging stations and the number of unrestricted charging stations are provided in the map below. Unrestricted access includes charging stations within parking garages where there may be a fee associated with parking at that location. It does not include locations where permits are required. Data from previous years has been updated to maintain consistency.

 

Alternative Fuel Station PM Summary

Goal The Champaign-Urbana area will address issues of equity as well as segregation in its diverse communities in the area of transportation.
Objective Increase the number of publicly available vehicle alternative fueling and charging stations by 15% by 2020.
Performance Measure Number of alternative fueling stations, number of charging stations
2016 Rating

In 2016, there were a total number of 57 alternative fuel stations, an increase of 13 stations (29.5%) from 2015 in the MPA. This performance measure receives a positive rating because in 2016 the number of alternative fuel stations in the MPA exceeded the 2020 goal of 15% increase from 2015.

2017 Rating

In 2017, there were a total number of 60 alternative fuel stations, an increase of 16 stations (36.4%) from 2015 in the MPA. This performance measure receives a positive rating because in 2017 the number of alternative fuel stations in the MPA exceeded the 2020 goal of 15% increase from 2015.

2018 Rating

In 2018, there were a total number of 61 alternative fuel stations, an increase of 17 stations (38.6%) from 2015 in the MPA. This performance measure receives a positive rating because in 2018 the number of alternative fuel stations in the MPA exceeded the 2020 goal of 15% increase from 2015.