US Army presents new ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle


The US Army has presented a new hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle, named ZH2, at the Washington Auto Show this year.

General Motors developed the ZH2 by modifying its Chevy Colorado truck, the army stated.

Equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell and electric drive, the vehicle will be driven by electricity generated from highly compressed hydrogen stored in the vehicle, the statement said.

General Motors global fuel cell activities executive director Charley Freese said that the ZH2 is stealthy because its drive system does not produce smoke, noise, odour or thermal signature.

"The ZH2 produces high torque and its hydrogen fuel cell can produce two gallons of potable water per hour."

The ZH2 produces high torque and its hydrogen fuel cell can produce two gallons of potable water per hour. 

When the vehicle is not in motion, it can generate 25kW of continuous power or 50kW of peak power.

It is also equipped with a winch, 37in tires, and data loggers that will yield objective data during the testing.

The army personnel will test and evaluate the vehicle in field conditions later this year at army bases in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Benning, Georgia; Quantico Marine Base, North Carolina; and, the company's own Proving Grounds in Michigan.


Image: General Motor's ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Photo: courtesy of the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).