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GM, US Army Team Up on Fuel-Cell Pickup

Chevrolet Colorado hydrogen truck to be unveiled in October.

by on Aug.30, 2016

GM is partnering with the Army Tank Command on a hydrogen-powered pickup.

The U.S. Army is enlisting some help from General Motors. They’re partnering on a prototype fuel-cell-powered Chevrolet Colorado that could eventually find applications at military bases and perhaps even on the front lines.

The prototype, set to make its formal debut in October, is a joint project of GM and the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships between the Detroit automaker and the U.S. military, GM earlier this year announcing plans to develop a hydrogen-powered deep sear research mini-sub that will be tested by the Navy.

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”Hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to bring to the force incredibly valuable capabilities,” TARDEC Director Paul Rogers said in a statement accompanying a teaser image of the hydrogen-powered Colorado.

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Chevy Teams Up with US Army, Rolls Out Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Pickup

Clean-power truck to undergo 12 months of extreme testing.

by on Nov.19, 2015

GM offers a tease of the Army-modified Chevrolet Colorado picked running on hydrogen.

Environmentalists aren’t the only ones interested in alternative power. The U.S. Army is teaming up with General Motors to run a year of extreme tests on a Chevrolet Colorado pickup designed to run on hydrogen, rather than gasoline.

The military has quietly spent several years looking at fuel-cell technology because of its potential advantages over conventional power. Among other things, it’s quiet, provides plenty of low-end torque, can generate electric power in the field, and it has a lower heat signature making it harder for an enemy to spot a hydrogen-powered vehicle using infrared glasses or sensors.

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“The potential capabilities hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can bring to the Warfighter are extraordinary, and our engineers and scientists are excited about the opportunity to exercise the limits of this demonstrator,” said Paul Rogers, the director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center, also known as TARDEC. (more…)