Motor Authority recently went for a ride-along test drive in the vehicle that could become the U.S. Army’s new truck, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, in Fort Carson, Colorado.
The fuel-cell power train offers a “much beefier” off-road truck, according to Motor Authority.
The truck has a suspension lift that provides 12 inches of ground clearance, and has 37-inch mud-terrain tires. Because it is a fuel-cell vehicle, it is “largely silent,” Motor Authority said, pointing out that you might hear the air compressor during the testing because they are in Colorado, but it would be much quieter at sea level.
There is an integrated portable power unit in the trunk that takes the place of a diesel generator, Motor Authority said, and this can power communications or “whatever soldiers need” in the field.
This “one of one” test vehicle is one serious off-road truck, Motor Authority pointed out.
The military told Motor Authority that one of the best advantages is the lack of internal combustion engine, which means it runs cold, they said – the only heat you would see is fro the tires, and at night, when the military tested the truck on the ridge at Fort Carson, all you could see was the tires.
The truck has another advantage: the only thing that comes out of the tail pipe is water, which could be ionized and used as drinkable water, Motor Authority said.
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