General Motors, U.S. Army Collaborate on Fuel Cell-Powered Chevy Colorado
Truck to be Subjected to Real-World Military Use for 12 Months
Depending on whom you ask, automotive fuel cells are either an inefficient boondoggle or the future of the automobile. However, there’s no escaping the fact most major automotive manufacturers have some sort of research and development program underway on the technology. The fuel cell vehicles that have been sold or leased to the general public (in very small volumes) have typically been strange-looking sedans, like the Honda FCX Clarity or the Toyota Mirai. Only the Hyundai Tucson would pass as a “normal” looking vehicle externally. Well, what could be more mainstream than a pickup? To that end, General Motors and the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research and Engineering Center (TARDEC) are collaborating on building a fuel-cell powered truck based on the Colorado midsize pickup.
Few details are known about the truck, other than a frontal teaser shot that shows a futuristic, stylized front end to distinguish the experimental vehicle from run-of-the-mill Colorados. From a tactical standpoint, there are many advantages to a fuel cell, among them field power, production of water as a byproduct, and near-silent operation. It is unknown if the experimental truck will be put into any sort of combat theaters or if it will be primarily be used on-base in simulated scenarios. Fortuitously, GM and TARDEC have hydrogen fuel-cell research labs only 20 minutes apart from each other in Pontiac and Warren, Michigan. We may get a look at the fuel cell Colorado at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Source: General Motors