The new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept is a military vehicle in the making. This durable pickup is an experiment in true versatility, a revamped version of the already impressive Colorado. Believe it or not, this model is a fuel-cell vehicle designed to work in brutal conditions, a hydrogen-powered pickup that’s getting attention from engineers around the world.
Your first question might be, is it safe to have a military vehicle run on hydrogen? This was something the editors at Car and Driver couldn’t wrap their heads around at first until they talked to the executives at GM. Essentially, “fifties bounce off the [hydrogen] tanks,” said Charlie Freese, director of fuel-cell activities. Freese is referring to .50 caliber bullets, by the way, which means the new Colorado ZH2 isn’t your ordinary pickup.
The ZH2 was developed in conjunction with TARDEC, the US Army’s Tank Auto Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Hydrogen is incredibly abundant, one reason the Army was interested in developing a military truck that could run without using gas. Additionally, the pickup has incredible off-road capabilities, a camo exterior, and a reinforced frame. Perhaps best of all, the ZH2 is completely quiet, making it a perfect stealth vehicle.
Whether or not Chevy will release a production version of the new ZH2 is unknown. At Dick Beard Chevrolet, we think the new Colorado is evidence of what’s to come out of Chevy’s lineup in the near future.