We have been waiting to hear more about the new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 military vehicle concept since the day they first announced this bad boy. Now at the SEMA show Chevy has dropped new info and pictures on the hydrogen fuel cell electric military vehicle, and it’s so good it makes us want to enlist!
The spiritual successor to the legendary Humvee, the Colorado ZH2 is a pickup truck-based off-roader built to the specifications of U.S. Army as a light troop carrier and operations vehicle. It boasts 37 inch off-road tires, Kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber hood, front fenders, rear fenders and bed hatch, a custom 30-inch LED light bar, custom turn signals, and 7-inch front headlights.
But the biggest highlight of Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is the advanced hydrogen fuel cell powertrain it features. The hood incorporates a power dome to accommodate a transversely mounted fuel cell stack. The cooling solution is an ingenious one, and includes air intakes and radiators at the back of the vehicle. The system not only powers the vehicle, thanks to Exportable Power Take-off (EPTO) electric power conditioning unit it also provides both high- and low-voltage A/C (240V or 120V) which can power a Forward Operating Base, a field hospital or a work site for hours.
The Colorado ZH2 is also such a capable off-road machine, it makes the Humvee look like a family hatchback. The vehicle has 12 inches of ground clearance, 48-degree approach angle and 39-degree departure angle, the ability to ascend, descend and restart on 40 percent grade, and 20 percent side slope capability, and it can do 60 mph. The ZH2 will be tested by the U.S. Army in 2017, mainly to assess the feasibility of a hydrogen-powered vehicle in mission settings.