General Motors have just released their most extreme and high tech Chevy yet.
The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, an off-road electric vehicle equipped with a huge hydrogen fuel cell, which can even act as a portable power source.
The huge vehicle is six and a half feet tall and seven feet wide and is designed to operate in all terrains.
This is quite impressive in itself but when you add the fact that it can offer near-silent surveillance for stealth missions, you can see why people are getting excited.
The vehicle will be tested by the US army next year to see how viable hydrogen powered vehicles are.
GM is reporting that the vehicle has 37 inch tyres and a custom built suspension setup to facilitate its journey over all types of terrain.
It has an Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO), which basically means that the fuel cell can be used to power tools and electronic devices away from the vehicle.
Both GM and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) seem keen to get the project underway and bring the project to fruition just a year after signing a deal to collaborate ideas.
“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 significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further.”
“Over the next year, we expect to learn from the Army the limits of what a fuel cell propulsion system can do when really put to the test,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Activities.
The vehicle will continue to be tested by GM until early 2017 at which point it will be handed over to the Army ready for field testing.
This is the second vehicle this year that GM has contracted with the US military, following the Unmanned Undersea Vehicle currently in pool testing, which also uses the hydrogen fuel cell.