A year ago, General Motors announced the first hydrogen-powered military vehicle was being developed. Now, a year after the announcement, both the automaker and US Army have come forward stating the vehicle will begin testing soon. Chevrolet’s military truck, called the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, will be the first of the next generation of military vehicles.
The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is the result of the partnership between General Motors and the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center. The two began their partnership in 2013 with the goal to create better materials and fuel-cell components.
In order to prepare for the first field-ready military vehicle, 100 hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Equinox SUVs underwent 3.1 million miles of testing.
The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 features an Exportable Power Take-Off unit. That component allows fuel cells to power equipment without the need for any electrical infrastructure.
That benefit comes with the addition of near-silent operation and instantaneous torque via the electric motors. The military vehicle is also expected to be able to provide clean drinking water.
As for the vehicle’s actual design, Chevrolet’s military truck is based on a stretched version of the standard Colorado with major modifications and bodywork. The truck rolls out on 37-inch tires and a suspension that was designed for the roughest of terrains.
Here at Jack Schmitt Chevrolet, we can’t wait to see how well the new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 performs in the field!