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Distribution of Deviation Distance to Alternative Fuel Stations

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Author(s): Masashi Miyagawa

Journal: American Journal of Operations Research
ISSN 2160-8830

Volume: 03;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 363;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Location | Flow Demand | Vehicle Range | Shortest Distance | Round Trip

ABSTRACT
This paper derives the distribution of the deviation distance to visit an alternative fuel station. Distance is measured as the Euclidean distance on a continuous plane. The distribution explicitly considers the vehicle range and whether the round trip between origin and destination can be made. Three cases are examined: fuel is available at both origin and destination, fuel is available at either origin or destination, and fuel is available at neither origin nor destination. The analytical expressions for the distribution demonstrate how the vehicle range, the shortest distance, and the refueling availability at origin and destination affect the deviation distance. The distribution will thus be useful to estimate the number of vehicles refueled at a station.

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