The US Military has the most advanced vehicles and weapon systems on the planet, which makes the whole idea of joining the armed forces a lot more appealing. Though there are companies which focus on making military-specific vehicles, mainstream car manufacturers too dive in at times to create battle-ready vehicles which are based on their civilian models. Chevrolet has done just that with the Colorado ZH2 – a fuel cell-powered off-roader which is all set to begin field testing in 2017.
The six and half feet tall, seven feet wide Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is built on a stretched and reinforced midsize pickup chassis. 37-inch tyres, upgraded suspension and increased ground clearance will make sure that this heavy-duty military vehicle will not hesistate from taking on any terrain. The pickup also comes with an Exportable Power Take-Off unit which can direct electricity from the fuel cell to power external electrical appliances.
“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. 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,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Activities.
During field testing, the US Army will assess the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2’s silent operation capability, low acoustic and thermal signatures, improved fuel consumption and high torque delivery to the wheels because of its electric drive.