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  • Based on the existing Chevrolet Colorado truck, the ZH2 has a lot of modifications for military purposes. For starters, it is reinforced inside and.

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    The US Army and General Motors have teamed up to explore a new method of power for Army vehicles that could deliver near silent operation and hard-to-detect heat signatures. The truck, which uses hydrogen fuel-cells, immediately drew a crowd filled with active duty military personnel. Based on the existing Chevrolet Colorado truck, the ZH2 has a lot of modifications for military purposes.

    For starters, it is reinforced inside and out. To tackle the extreme terrain the military faces, it also has a specially modified suspension. The fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle is more than six and a half feet tall and more than seven feet wide.

    It has inch tires and based on a stretched midsize pickup chassis. If chosen to go downrange, then it would be the very first combat vehicle powered with a hydrogen fuel-cell.

    GM has worked closely with the U. Testing this fuel-cell vehicle for potential military uses began in January of this year and is expected to last a year. With wide potential, hydrogen fuel-cells could mean significantly reduced heat signatures and near silent power-train systems. Heat signatures are a big challenge for combat. Normally, a vehicle with an internal combustion engine is going to give off a lot of heat. But if the enemy is hunting for Army vehicles with infrared cameras and they scan the ZH2 while it is running, the heat this new vehicle gives off is so low that it makes the vehicle almost invisible.

    Humvees give off approximately degrees of heat, so they can be detected from more than three miles away. Some estimates place detection at about one mile away. Why does that matter? For starters, it means that an enemy has far less warning American forces are about to arrive and far less time to react.

    Hydrogen fuel cell tech is advancing rapidly — but is it stable enough and safe enough for Army use? Performance and safety are two key issues that must be proven for the military to even consider adopting a new vehicle.

    The ZH2 tanks store hydrogen at 10, psi. So far in the military testing, it seems to be safe enough for use in ground vehicles. To evaluate the safety of the hydrogen fuel storage, the ZH2 tank has reportedly been shot with 7. It has also been shot with. Buzz at AUSA suggests that a rocket-propelled grenade round penetrated, but failed to explode. Based on testing so far, the tanks seem almost bulletproof. But if the tank does become breached, then the ZH2 is designed to vent the volatile hydrogen.

    In the bed of the ZH2, there is also a portable generator known as a Exportable Power Take Off unit that can provide power. It could be particularly handy for teams working in remote forward operating base to power essentials like communications and surveillance tech. Or a reconnaissance team could use the generator to enable staying in place for longer, for example. This fuel-cell-powered military vehicle also produces water as a byproduct.

    Eventually, the water could be captured and used by teams as well. Providing a generator is handy, but hydrogen to power that vehicle and generator in the battlespace is currently not exactly easy to come by. So if military vehicles use this sort of revolutionary fuel cell power in the future, then the H2 tanks could be filled using this reformer device.

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