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 2019, there were 65 alternative fuel stations, including 54 electric car charging stations, 3 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) outlets, and 8 gas stations that sell ethanol (E85) in the metropolitan planning area (MPA), an increase of 21 stations (47.8%) 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
2019543865
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.