Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Prototype Built in Cooperation with TARDEC

Yesterday, Chevrolet presented the new Colorado ZH2 at the event of the Association of the United States Army.

It comes as no surprise that concept car has an aggressive look, considering that it has been developed in cooperation with Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). North American Chevrolet Colorado ute served as an inspiration to the Colorado ZH2.

The ZH2 combined an electric drivetrain with the hydrogen fuel-cell system. This modern fuel-cell system uses stored hydrogen with the oxygen that is absorbed from air to produce water and electricity.

The hydrogen fuel-cell system has an additional purpose, besides powering the vehicle. It also restores a 25 kW to 50 kW Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO). So when soldiers are away from the vehicle the system can power devices with electricity.

The car moves silently, unlike the Colorado ute and the heat signature is less prominent. Furthermore, the water exhaust has “field uses”, but it is unknown whether it is portable or not.

Power and torque output, as well as performance numbers, have not been released yet, but that should happen in the near future.

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is taller and wider than the Colorado ute and far more aggressive. As we can see from the pictures, the body is partially camouflaged.

The LED headlights are really narrow and there are several power bumps on the hood. The tray area is completely overhauled and an enclosed boot portion is protecting the EPTO unit.

The ZH2 is about two meters tall and more than 2.1 meters wide. The car is massive due to tall 37-inch tires and raised suspension setup which not only improves the dimensions of the car but also enhances off-road capability.

As for the Interior, it has Recaro front bucket seats and the instrument cluster has been redesigned.

The US Army will assess the ZH2 early in 2017.