Teaming up with the US Army, Chevrolet recently developed the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. This military-grade pickup comes with an extensive range of features and upgrades that make it combat-ready, as well as a unique hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain system. Redefining military mobility and green technology in one fell swoop, the new Colorado ZH2 is nothing short of extraordinary.
According to Fox News, the ZH2 is based on the Colorado truck that’s available to ordinary drivers. However, there are a few aspects of the ZH2 that non-combatants can’t get ahold of. For instance, the ZH2 has a portable generator, a unique cooling system, camouflaging, a stretched chassis, and off-road tuning. Perhaps the most distinct aspect of the ZH2 is its hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain.
“GM has worked closely with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) on the vehicle,” reported Fox News correspondent Allison Barrie. “Testing this fuel-cell vehicle for potential military uses began in January of this year and is expected to last a year.”
Using liquid hydrogen, the ZH2 can perform in harsh conditions without creating a large heat signature—a major weakness for Humvees and other vehicles. Because the ZH2 doesn’t have an ordinary internal-combustion engine, it’s harder for militants to track its heat signatures. In fact, while a normal Humvee gives off about 750 degrees, the ZH2 only gives off 140 degrees. Add to that a quiet electric drivetrain, and the ZH2 is incredibly hard to detect.
The new ZH2 is just one of many examples of Chevy’s innovative capacities. We at Bill Walsh GM Superstore can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future of Chevy truck design.