Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Is The Mission Ready Truck For US Army

Posted: Oct 4 2016, 10:14pm CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles


Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell  is the Mission Ready Truck for US 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.
  • Mission-Ready Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Vehicle Breaks Cover at U.S. Army Show

Modified midsize pickup has been introduced in the US Army Show 2016 and it goes into extreme military field testing in 2017.

The new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup is the new gear for US Army. The pick-up will go on for extreme testing in the year 2017.  

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is something that is made on the chassis of mid-sized pick up vehicle but is so much more in reality. This Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 will provide the most amazing off road experience to the driver.

Along with that, the best part about this vehicle is that it is the most powerful fuel cell powered electric vehicle ever built by any company.

General Motors certainly have gone all the way in order to incorporate best technology to bring about the finest working of a model. The vehicle was revealed by GM in collaboration with US Army at the AUSA. 

The pickup is pretty heighted when you look at its 6 and half feet length, along with that, it is more than 4 feet wide. The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 has huge tires that measure up to 37 inches.

The modified suspension of the pickup will make sure that it gets to climb over and descend any kind of road or trail that it needs to cover. 

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 will incorporate a mechanism which is made Exportable Power Take off Unit (EPTO). It a system that make the fuel cell to power activity in remote areas where power might not be available for charging. 

The GM and US Army Tank Automotive Research worked rigorously on the project to make this car come alive from the concept which was put forward the last year.

The fuel cells that are being used in the pick-up have the ability to change the face of war craft along with enhancing their performance in toughest conditions. 

“The speed with which innovative ideas can be demonstrated and assessed is why relationships with industry are so important to the Army,” said Paul Rogers, director of TARDEC.

“Fuel cells have the potential to expand the capabilities of Army vehicles significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further.”

The Army will evaluate the ZH2 fuel cell for:

  • Near-silent operation enabling silent watch capability
  • Reduced acoustic and thermal signatures
  • High wheel torque at all speeds via electric drive
  • Low fuel consumption across operating range
  • Water by-product for field uses

“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 Global Fuel Cell Activities.

“Over the next year, we expect to learn from the Army the limits of what a fuel cell propulsion system can do when really put to the test.”

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