Chevrolet’s New Army Truck is Pure American Awesomeness

Chevrolet’s New Army Truck is Pure American Awesomeness.

General Motors has created the ultimate truck for the army: the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. In a press release issued today, GM marks this truck as “the most extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle ever from General Motors.”

At 6.5 feet tall and more than 7 feet wide, this imposing truck is mighty in its stature. To match its appearance, the suspension is just as rugged. With 37-inch tires and a heavily modified suspension, this truck can climb over just about anything that appears in front of it on the battlefield.
Its looks and size might be what turns heads online, but it was GM’s job to not turn any enemy’s heads when deployed. To do this, GM has installed a fuel cell to have the truck run on electricity. By doing this, the truck runs almost completely silent and has reduced acoustic and thermal signatures.

“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, in the press release. “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 ZH2 will be tested at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds into early 2017 when the truck will be handed off to the Army for further testing.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle, revealed Monday at the Association of U.S. Army Show in Washington, D.C., strikes an aggressive pose with a power dome on its hood to denote the presence of the hydrogen-powered fuel cell system underneath. General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) collaborated on the vehicle, which went from contract to completion in a year.

Inside the rear hatch of the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle is an Electric Power Takeoff unit, capable of providing 25kw of consistent electric power away from the vehicle, such as remote locations where electric power may otherwise be unavailable.

Integrated tow hooks and winch in the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle are featured for use when aggressive pulling is needed.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle rides on 37-inch tires and a specially modified suspension that helps the vehicle climb over and descend all manner of terrain.

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.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle uses hydrogen as a fuel to power the truck based on Chevrolet’s midsize pickup. The rear of the vehicle contains an Exportable Power Takeoff unit, capable of providing 25kw to 50kw of electric power away from the vehicle. General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) revealed the vehicle at the fall meeting of the Association of U.S. Army show in Washington, D.C. on Monday (Oct. 3).

Top view of the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle shows the partial camouflage wrap and power dome. General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) revealed the vehicle at the fall meeting of the Association of U.S. Army show in Washington, D.C. on Monday (Oct. 3).

Under the power dome hood of the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle, the fuel cell system that has accumulated 3.1 million miles of real-world driving by civilian and military operators is ready for a year of extreme off-road testing as a U.S. Army demonstrator. General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) revealed the vehicle at the fall meeting of the Association of U.S. Army show in Washington, D.C. on Monday (Oct. 3).

The ZH2 badge on the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle in prominently featured on the fenders behind the front wheels. The truck will be used as a U.S. Army demonstrator to evaluate on-board water production, exportable electric power and near silent operation married with extreme off-road capability.

Despite military-like front lights, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle was developed with the off-road market, not specifically the military, in mind, General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) collaborated on the vehicle, which went from contract to completion in a year.

The 2+2 interior of the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle features Recaro seats

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle is a conventionally driven truck powered by hydrogen that is converted to electricity through a fuel cell system.