Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 – an extreme off-road hydrogen vehicle
Chevrolet have built a hydrogen-powered off-road vehicle for the US military, dubbed the Colorado ZH2 fuel-cell electric vehicle.
This extreme off-road-capable hydrogen vehicle is built on a stretched midsize bakkie’s chassis and sits over 1 981mm tall and more than 2 134mm wide. Reinforced inside and out, the Colorado ZH2 sits on 37-inch tyres and has a specially modified suspension that helps it climb over and descend all sorts of terrain.
The vehicle is a result of collaboration between General Motors and the U.S. Army and it will be tested in extreme field conditions by the military, to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles on army missions.
“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, ” said Paul Rogers, director of U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).