Locating refuelling stations for alternative fuel vehicles: a review on models and applications

Joonho Ko, Tae Hyoung Tommy Gim, Randall Guensler

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The recent concerns on environmental issues have expedited the technological development of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), but the deployment of AFVs still remains at the initial stage mainly because of the lack of refuelling facilities. Recognising this, researchers have conducted various studies, proposing a variety of approaches to strategically locating refuelling stations. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the approaches, focusing more on applications than computational issues. The review identifies two main elements of the approaches: location modelling and refuelling demand estimation. Examining how the elements were handled in refuelling location studies, this paper suggests that future refuelling location models should properly reflect the intricate and various perspectives of three major AFV stakeholders: drivers, government agencies and refuelling service providers. This study is expected to help researchers efficiently set up their refuelling location problems and identify critical factors for seeking the solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-570
Number of pages20
JournalTransport Reviews
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017 Sep 3


  • Alternative fuel vehicles
  • literature review
  • location problem
  • refuelling demand
  • refuelling stations

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