Army, GM showcase demo fuel cell EV truck for military

Army, GM showcase demo fuel cell EV truck for military

The U.S. Army and General Motors exhibited their demonstration ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle for the press on Industry/Media Day at the Washington Auto Show. GM developed and built the vehicle for the Army to test and evaluate the readiness of fuel cell propulsion in military-like environments and uses.

GM and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) officially unveiled the vehicle at the Association of the U.S. Army in October. Soldiers will have the opportunity to evaluate the performance of the fuel cell system in the truck at Fort Carson, CO, and Fort Bragg, NC, this summer.

The altered version of the Chevrolet Colorado has 37-inch tires for aggressive ground clearance and a shortened front end. It is intended to show how much off-road mobility a fuel cell vehicle can offer, said Charlie Freese, GMês executive director for fuel cells.

The fuel cell vehicle also makes water, a useful feature for troops in the desert, Freese said.

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