"The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is a hydrogen-powered, off-road monster truck"
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The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is a hydrogen-powered, off-road monster truck
The Chevrolet Colorado is a wonderful midsize pickup but when the army comes calling and once they test out the hydrogen fuel cell in the field, you can't just slap on an any ordinary truck.
No, this is the Colorado ZH2.
It was built in conjunction with the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center.
Tartec for short, in order to test the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells in places the Army would operate.
The H2, of course, stands for hydrogen, because this truck packs a hydrogen fuel cell power train which converts compressed hydrogen gas into electricity.
There are tactical benefits for going green as well, such as silence vehicle operation and a reduced heat signature.
More practical benefits include low fuel consumption and plenty of torque from the electric motors.
It also packs something called an Exportable Power Take-Off unit, which basically turns the vehicle into a mobile generator.
The ZH2 can produce electricity in some remote location and that power can be used in areas where a standard power grid may not reach.
Since the only byproduct is clean water, they're looking into uses for that as well.
One look at the ZAP and you might even wonder if there's actually a Colorado under there.
There is, but it's been heavily modified.
A stretched frame and bulkier body means this truck measures six and a half feet tall and more then seven feet wide.
The suspension has been modified for rugged terrain, aided by 37 inch off-road tires.
[SOUND] Chevrolet was nice enough to take me for a spin in the ZH2 at its proving grounds in Milford, Michigan.
While I didn't get to drive it, I did get to experience just how capable this truck is.
And the answer is, hella.
Yeah, I'm not gonna say no to anything you wanna show me at this point.
Not only am I a captive audience very literally, but I, this is outstanding.
We get about 12 inches of ground clearance.
And then with the way the truck's set up it's got a lot of torque.
So we can just kinda walk over these.
And we're done.
The multimatic DSSV suspension was damn near silent as we careened over moguls and ripped some ridiculous rooster tails as you can very clearly tell.
In fact, because of the electric motor, the whole experience was eerily quiet, save for some light electric whirring from the actual motor.
It was too badass and I think the Army is gonna have a hell of a time testing the VH2, although I wouldn't blame them if it takes them a little longer to get around to it cuz they're too busy having fun in the dirt.
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