ZH2 COLORADO CON­CEPT

GM AND US MIL­I­TARY DE­VELOP COLORADO COM­BAT CON­CEPT.

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CHEV’S ZH2 Colorado is a hy­dro­gen-fu­elled con­cept that will be tested by the US mil­i­tary. The mil­i­tary sees ad­van­tages in fuel cell tech for its long-range op­er­a­tions, with the high torque of the elec­tric mo­tors suited to off-road­ing.

The ZH2 rides on a stretched and re­in­forced Colorado chas­sis and 37in off-road tyres fixed to mod­i­fied sus­pen­sion. A power pack in the tray stores power gen­er­ated by the fuel cell.

GM and the US Army Tank Au­to­mo­tive Re­search, Devel­op­ment and Engineering Cen­tre col­lab­o­rated to de­velop the ZH2 from con­tract to con­cept. GM is lever­ag­ing a range of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies for mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing mil­i­tary. “The speed with which in­no­va­tive ideas can be demon­strated and as­sessed is why re­la­tion­ships with in­dus­try are so im­por­tant to the Army,” said Paul Rogers, direc­tor of TARDEC. “Fuel cells have the po­ten­tial to ex­pand the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Army ve­hi­cles through quiet op­er­a­tion, ex­portable power and solid torque per­for­mance, all ad­vances that drove us to in­ves­ti­gate this tech fur­ther.”

The ZH2 will be handed over to the US Army for a year of eval­u­a­tion ex­er­cises.

By the time GIS get aboard, the in­te­rior will be very dif­fer­ent.

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