GM Teases Fuel Cell Pickup Truck for Military
General Motors Co. is developing a rugged, fuel cell-powered version of its Chevrolet Silverado fullsize pickup truck for military applications.
The company’s new military unit, which was created last year, released a short video this week that features a rendering of the Silverado ZH2 concept model. GM Defense also displayed the concept’s chassis last month at a U.S. Army conference.
The truck is powered by a next-generation fuel cell and advanced lithium ion battery that provides a 400-mile driving range. Other features include a "race-proven multimatic” suspension to help traverse rugged off-road conditions.
The concept’s base design appears to mimic that of GM's next-generation heavy-duty pickups, which are due to bow next year.
GM has developed several other military-related concept vehicles in recent years. This includes the fuel cell-powered Chevy Colorado ZH2 pickup, which the U.S. Army has been testing for about 18 months.
While it seems that fuel efficiency as related to the U.S. federal government is all about light duty vehicles, that’s far from being the case.
Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled an updated version of its Project Portal fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck with reduced weight and increased driving range.
ENGIE, a French electric utility company specializing in alternative energy, has taken delivery of 50 Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans outfitted with fuel cell range extenders.