Back in October, Chevrolet and the U.S. Army revealed a new concept rig that would put fuel-cell technology to the test in battle. This new fuel-cell vehicle, known as the ZH2, came in riding atop a stretched Colorado platform and its goal was to give the Army the advantage of totally silent operation. What we lacked at the reveal were any specifications at all. That comes to an end now, as Chevy has finally revealed a few more details.
The body, while based on the Colorado, underwent a huge visual and structural modification. One of the key changes was shifting the cab rearward by 125 mm (4.9 inches) to help accommodate the massive 37-inch tires mounted on 17-inch bead-lock wheels. The hood also received a power dome to help make room for the transversely mounted fuel stack. Also, Chevy crafted the hood, front fenders, rear fenders, and tailgate from Kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber.
We all know that a fuel-cell lies under the hood of this pickup, but we were not initially privy to its output. Chevy has confirmed that this electric powerplant will produce 177 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. There is also an Exportable Power Take-Off unit that can ship out 240 or 120 volts of electricity. This system can deliver 25 kW of continuous power and a max of 50 kW. This is enough juice to power a subdivision or a field hospital for a few hours.
Rounding out the specs are its respectable off-road stats. The ZH2 features 12 inches of ground clearance, a 48-degree approach angle, a 39-degree departure angle, and a 20-degree side-slope capability.
Official testing of the ZH2 will commence in early 2017. Stay tuned for updates.