What’s worse than 4 tons of Humvee laden democracy, diesel engine rumbling as it pulls up on you? Well, this new Truck that Chevrolet is building for US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) definitely is, and all that with its only emission being a hint of water leaving the tailpipe. It’s been christened the ZH2 and it’s based on the massive Chevy Colorado truck, but the catch is that it’s run through an electric motor that gets its power from a hydrogen fuel cell motor. As a result, the only sound this behemoth makes as it rolls up on is the sound of leaves and gravel under its massive mud tires. Oh, you have infrared cameras that pick up heat signatures? Well, you still won’t find this truck, thanks to its fuel cell generator and electric motor. As of now the one-off ZH2 is doing the rounds of several bases across the United States of America where it will undergo rigorous off-road testing, and is currently at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, so as to replicate the terrain in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
Now we weren’t really expecting a press release containing specs of this obviously cutting edge concept truck’s capabilities, but we have heard that it is a test-bed for modern technology. What we do know is that it makes a massive 170-horsepower from its electric motor, which receives the electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell generator. Now we know this because the truck gets its motor from the now-defunct fuel cell Chevy Equinox crossovers. And while it may not be the most cutting-edge fuel cell in the world, but it does serve as a solid starting point for the military to test the durability and feasibility of an electric driven truck.
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