Chevrolet to Reveal Fuel Cell–Powered Army Colorado in October
GM and TARDEC Developed Army-Destined Vehicle Together
General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) announced they would reveal a fuel cell vehicle based on the Chevrolet Colorado sometime in October. The vehicle also received a teaser image in conjunction with the announcement, showing a high-clearance vehicle befitting its destiny as a U.S. Army workhorse.
Hydrogen fuel cells will provide power to electric motors, giving the militarized Colorado instant torque delivery ideal for low-speed and off-road situations. Furthermore, the electric motors will be nearly silent, providing an element of stealth that’s lacking in any other type of powerplant.
TARDEC and GM entered into an agreement in 2015 that gives TARDEC access to consumer technology and GM insight into fuel cell applications. The agreement is consistent with the Department of Defense’s desire to leverage commercial innovation toward increased national security. Lessons learned in the fuel cell program will help the U.S. military’s goals of quieter mobility, electricity generation, water generation, and vehicle capability. Indeed, it’s feasible to imagine a fuel cell–powered pop-up military base in the desert, as fuel cells would provide both green energy and clean water to the area.
Vehicle specifics are still shrouded in militaristic mystery, but it’s safe to say that any lessons learned in the program will be implemented in less secretive passenger vehicles in the future. The vehicle will be pressed into experimental duty in 2017.
Source: General Motors