Colorado ZH2 Pickup Hydrogen Concept

Near the end of 2016 General Motors unveiled a new pickup truck that runs on hydrogen fuel cells. GM designed it for the U.S. Army to use in field operations. The new vehicle will be tested by the Army over the next year.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 mid-size pickup, was developed by GM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The truck is heavily reinforced and rides on massive 37-inch tires which, combined with its heavy-duty suspension, let it drive over all kinds of terrain with ease.

One major problem with fuel-cell vehicles is the lack of ways to refuel them. This is a big hurdle for civilian manufacturers, but the Army may have a workaround. The Army's fuel of choice is JP-8, a kerosene-based jet fuel the military uses instead of diesel in all kind of vehicles already. The ZH2 can't run on JP-8, but JP-8 can be converted into hydrogen, so there should always be something around that can be made into ZH2 fuel.

Over the next year, the Army will be testing the ZH2 in various conditions. The Army hopes the ZH2 will be useful due to its high range, low fuel consumption, and lack of noise. In addition, the ZH2 has the ability to supply power outside the vehicle, which is useful in areas with no electricity.

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