The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Revealed
The innovative engineers at General Motors have been hard at work designing their first-ever fuel-cell-operated vehicle with robust off-road performance capabilities. The result is the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, a wholly singular take on the midsize pickup which as been designed with utility for the U.S. Army in mind. In fact, it was just revealed for the first time on October 3, 2016 at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) fall meeting. Find out what we know so far.
This innovative pickup has been built on an extended midsize pickup chassis. It sits on 37-inch off-road wheels and features a unique suspension that allows it to handle the most imposing terrain. It has been designed alongside the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
This hydrogen-fuel-cell powered pickup comes with an Exportable Power Take-Off (EPTO) unit. This means that the Chevy Colorado ZH2 is able to power itself away from electric power sources. An advantage of this would be the ability of this truck to drive long distances in areas without reliable fuel sources—a common demand of U.S. military activities.
Evaluated by the U.S. army.
Before they decide if the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is ready to go to work for the U.S. Army, it will be tested for a variety of different capabilities. They will be looking at how its quiet powertrain is able to enable silent watching, the vehicle’s high wheel torque at different speeds through the electric drive system, the low amount of fuel it uses, the vehicle’s reduced thermal and acoustic signatures, and more.
Get a Production Model Chevy Colorado
While the Chevy Colorado ZH2 has been designed for military use, civilians can still enjoy the impressive capabilities from the new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup. With an MSRP from $20,055, the Colorado offers surprising levels of performance for a midsize pickup, and you can now find it on sale at Sunrise Chevrolet, located at 414 E. North Ave in Glendale Heights, IL.