The Chevrolet Colorado might be the little brother truck in Chevrolet’s lineup. But give it a dose of military training, some hydrogen cell fuels, jacked up suspension and big boy tires, and it’s ready to replace Master Chief’s Warthog.
The Chevy Colorado ZH2 is General Motors’ response to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)’s call for a vehicle that is powered by hydrogen and can also withstand extreme field conditions.
TARDEC’s director Paul Rogers described the hydrogen push as something critical towards the advancement of military vehicles:
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.
General Motors and TARDEC collaborated and produced the ZH2 from contract to conceptual vehicle in less than a year. Judging from these doctored photos, it doesn’t look like they have fully built concept just yet, but all of the features the ZH2 will supposedly have are all within the realm of possibilities.
The 6.5 feet tall and 7 feet wide behemoth was first built upon the stretched midsize puny Colorado chassis. Reinforcements are then included inside and out to help bolster the normally-civilian truck to withstand military duty. Adding 37 inch tires and specially modified suspension should provide enough off-road capability to handle all sorts of terrain.
The Colorado ZH2 features an Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO) that allows the fuel cell to power activity away from the vehicle, such as remote locations where electric power may otherwise be unavailable.
This will be a pretty awesome tool for setting up a Forward Operating Base and powering it up before reinforcements/resupply comes in.
We can’t wait to see a real version of this thing get produced and shred its tires all over the place. If we can make just one really tiny modification: we want to mount a .50 cal Ma Deuce in the back to help fend off some baddies. K Thnx!