Chevrolet takes the cake for the kickass new truck award. General Motors just released what it calls “the most extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle ever,” the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2.
Built on a stretched midsize truck chassis, the ZH2 is reinforced to the brim. The six-and-a-half foot tall truck stretches seven feet wide with 37-inch wheels. The modified suspension helps the truck climb over literally any terrain.
But the coolest part of all? The truck features a removable “battery” of sorts. It’s called the Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO). And it can be charged in areas where electricity may otherwise be unavailable.
You’re probably saying, “Sweet, but what civilian needs a truck that powerful and mobile?” Exactly. GM designed the truck exclusively for the Army. Bummer.
In fact, GM developed the Chevy Colorado ZH2 alongside the army’s tank research division, TARDEC. The Army begins field testing the truck soon.
The truck has some other potentially life-saving features, too. For instance, the engine runs silent. That drastically reduces the acoustic imprint. Not to mention the heat signature is much lower. Oh, and the hydrogen powered fuel cell gives off a water byproduct for emergency field use.
Yeah, we wish we could have one, too. But just be thankful GM and the Army are on top of it when it comes to equipping the military.