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Denver Auto Show Will Display State’s Only Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

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Denver Auto ShowStarting on Wednesday, a hydrogen fuel cell Mercedes will be on display at the Denver Auto Show, writes CBS4 Denver, which calls it the only such car in the state. Montreux Energy CEO Andrew Bermingham told CBS4 that the car runs on hydrogen combined with oxygen from the atmosphere to make electricity, adding that “the only output is water.” The technology allows the car to work with a combination of electricity and hydrogen, CBS4 writes.

The vehicle makes electricity on board instead of storing it, and the car gets filled with water instead of gasoline, Bermingham said. “If you can fill up in two to three minutes and the car can go 300-400 miles and the only tail pipe emission is water, why wouldn’t you want to have this type of car?” he asked.

Bermingham, who joined Denver-based Montreaux Energy at its outset in 1990, received an MS in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines in 1992 and started the Aspen Clean Energy Roundtable in 1994, according to his bio. A fifth-generation Colorado native, he lives in Denver with his family and recently served on the Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees.

Montreaux Energy will hold its 2014 FutureDRIVE Roundtable at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Denver from June 25-27. The theme will be “Investing in Clean Transportation: Natural Gas, Battery Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Cleaners ICEs, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.” FutureDRIVE, an invitation-only leadership forum, will feature 100 senior energy and transportation leaders, and all sessions will be closed to the press, according to CleanEnergy.com.

In a related CBS4 story, alternative fuel vehicles were showcased in the Green Car Parade in Denver on Sunday. Among the featured vehicles that drove from the state Capitol to the Colorado Convention Center (site of the Denver Auto Show) was a Chevy Silverado with a duel fuel or bi-fuel system, as Colorado Automobile Dealers Association President Tim Jackson told CBS4. The truck instantly becomes a greener, more eco-friendly vehicle with the push of a button, which switches it to using natural gas as its fuel, he said.

CBS4 quotes American’s Natural Gas Alliance spokesman Dan Genovese, who said that compressed natural gas (CNG) costs 30% less than gasoline and reduces smog pollutants by 70%. CNG, he said, is cleaner, more affordable, and “domestically abundant.”

Sunday’s parade also featured electric-hybrid and all-electric cars, but the infrastructure for such vehicles is not adequately available, CBS4 writes. Jackson said there are 15 Denver locations with compressed natural gas fueling stations. The Denver Auto Show will feature 550 cars and the latest fuel technology from Wednesday through Sunday.

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