The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 could eventually change the landscape of military vehicles.
The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and General Motors collaborated to develop the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck, which could pave the way for a stealthy new mode of military transportation. When you’re slinking behind enemy lines, the last thing you want is to be detected. The only sound you’ll hear as it approaches is the crunch of the ground beneath its big mud tires. And its heat profile is almost invisible to infrared cameras.
Through the army’s testing, the Colorado ZH2 will be put through its paces to see if it’s capable enough to take on the toughest tasks. In turn, it will potentially expose weaknesses and benefits of hydrogen-powered vehicles for the U.S. Army.
This truck is powered by 170-horsepower electric motor that receives its juice from a hydrogen fuel cell. It’s not the latest GM’s fuel cell setup, but it does serve as a good starting point for military testing in a variety of durability and feasibility situations that simulate everything from reconnaissance to combat.
The ZH2 is not a combat vehicle because it isn’t armored, but it could put snipers behind enemy lines, in style.
Go ahead and check out the Colorado ZH2 strutting its stuff in the video below.