Meet the extreme off-road Chevrolet fuel cell electric truck made for U.S. Army

The Colorado ZH2 boasts a silent hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that could give American soldiers an edge in war zones

Meet the extreme off-road Chevrolet fuel cell electric truck made for U.S. Army

General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) on Monday (Oct. 3) revealed the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle, a concept that marries fuel cell technology and its advantages of on-board water production, exportable electric power and near silent operation with extreme off-road capability.

By Nathan Bomey

The U.S. Army has begun testing an extreme off-road version of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The military and General Motors collaborated to develop the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric truck, which could pave the way for a stealthy new mode of military transportation.

Although its tricked-out design is conceptual and would likely not grace the final product, the Colorado ZH2 boasts a silent hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that could give American soldiers an edge in war zones.

The Army is testing the vehicle for noise, detectability, torque, fuel economy and water vapor discharge.

It was developed, assembled and tested at GM sites in Michigan in cooperation with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

The hydrogen fuel cell on board powers an electric motor that drives the vehicle, building on fuel-cell expertise GM has cultivated for years.

“The Colorado ZH2 is a terrific example of GM’s engineering and design skill in creating an off-road vehicle relevant to a range of potential users,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM's Global Fuel Cell Activities, in a statement.

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