An efficient online mapping tool for finding the shortest feasible path for alternative-fuel vehicles Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Infrastructure for fuel-cell and other alternative-fuel vehicles is lacking not only in the paucity of fuel stations, but also in inadequate web-based support to help drivers complete their trips via the few stations that do exist. In this paper, we present an online mapping tool for finding the shortest feasible path in a road network given the vehicle's driving range and station locations. Users input their origin, destination, type of fuel, and driving range, and the algorithm generates a new reduced feasible network in which the vertices are the origin and destination nodes and reachable fuel stations and the edges represent feasible paths between them. Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm is applied to this reduced network to find the shortest feasible path. Efficiency is substantially improved by preprocessing and storing the shortest-path distances between stations. We present a web-mapping prototype ( for hydrogen and compressed natural gas stations in the United States. Sample results illustrate the need for this kind of globally optimal solution method by showing that the optimal feasible path and refueling stops can vary tremendously as a result of user inputs for driving range, initial tank level, and one-way or round-trip.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kuby, M., Araz, O. M., Palmer, M., & Capar, I.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Kuby, Michael||Araz, Ozgur M||Palmer, Michael||Capar, Ismail

publication date

  • January 2014