The Chevrolet Silverado could be heading to the front lines fitted with a much more robust skin and a futuristic hydrogen fuel cell system.
GM Defense is a new General Motors division focused on military machines. A newly posted video reveals a hydrogen-fueled electric Silverado ZH2 pickup.
The camouflaged truck appears to be based on the upcoming all-new 2020 Silverado HD. The two share the same distinctive front end styling, and the video refers to the Silverado ZH2 as a heavy duty design.
The Silverado ZH2 is a larger option compared to the Colorado ZH2 that’s been undergoing tests with the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. It also rides on a set of Multimatic spool valve shocks similar to the ones found on the Colorado ZR2.
The Silverado is equipped with three tanks of hydrogen for a Hydrotec-branded fuel cell that generates electricity to power the electric motors. Stealthy, but powerful performance gives a 400-mile range, has a lower heat signature than an internal combustion engine and the byproduct of this energy production is drinkable water.
This last sentence is why current electric cars are a terrible option for the future. Hydrogen power that converts into potable water is not only good for the environment, but it’s also renewable and it creates the most precious resource on earth by driving!
Military units can convert expensive JP8 fuel into hydrogen on site. This would allow for more efficient use and refueling is a fraction of time of trying to recharge electric vehicles. GM is also developing a hydrogen-powered fully-autonomous cargo vehicle called the SURUS with military applications in mind.
General Motors does not have any announced plans for any hydrogen-powered consumer vehicles. They are collaborating with Honda on fuel cell development and promises to have 20 electric models in its lineup by 2023.