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NREL to Showcase Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at National Drive Electric Week Event Sept. 19

Sept. 17, 2019

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will showcase a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at a National Drive Electric Week ride and drive event in Denver on Sept. 19.

Ride-and-drive participants can get behind the wheel or ride along in a hydrogen-fueled FCEV. Representatives from NREL will be on hand to answer questions about the car and provide information about alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.

National Drive Electric Week—Denver

When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1437 Bannock St. 
Cost: Free. See the event website for attendee registration and other details.

Like battery electric vehicles, FCEVs have an electric motor, but they produce electricity onboard using a hydrogen-powered fuel cell rather than drawing energy from batteries that are charged by an external electric power source.

NREL has two FCEVs on loan from partners for on-site vehicle use, infrastructure research, outreach, and education. One is currently in use by the NREL security team as a patrol vehicle. The vehicles are fueled with renewable hydrogen produced at the Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility (HITRF) located at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility. The HITRF is designed to aid research projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as well as industry, government, and university partners.

Learn more about NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research.