The new prototype of the Chevy Colorado ZH2 looks like the perfect backwoods vehicle.
The Colorado ZH2 came into existence due to the U.S. Army’s desire to test the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for ground vehicles. The army is currently testing the prototypes to see how the fuel holds up in the situations it will likely face on the battlefield.
It is tough, mean, and it runs quiet. What more could you ask for? Well, I guess a lot more if you are the U.S. Army.
Believe it or not, from the time GM contracted with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research and Development and Engineering Center to build this vehicle it took them less than a year to push out a working conceptual model. Thats pretty good turn around time.
Some aspects of the vehicle are reminiscent of the civilian 2015 Colorado model, while some are stretched and modified to give it an even meaner look. For instance, the body ended up being over 6.5 feet tall and 7 feet wide!
Another cool aspect of this vehicle is that the motor has an electric drive powered by a hydrogen-burning generator.
According to foxtrotalpha.com, “The military’s interested in the technology because it’s quiet, runs cool, has electric drive’s advantage of high torque at low speed, and could end up being a lot more efficient than the Duramax diesel engines motivating the Oshkosh JLTV—the U.S. military’s recently-named “Hummer” replacement.”
If you ask me, they should probably break contract with the U.S. Army, wrap that thing in their favorite camo, and send it into the deer woods. I know plenty of hunters that could find a use for that thing.