General Motors is teaming up with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) to put the Chevrolet Colorado to the test.
But it won’t be your typical run-of-the-mill Colorado as the team will be modifying the pickup to run on a commercial hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system. In addition, the U.S. Army will expose the truck to the extremes of daily military use for a full 12 months. With the technology offering very high low-end torque capability that’s useful in off-road environments, the U.S. Army also wants to test the ability of exportable electric power and quiet operation.
The American automaker and TARDEC have fuel cell development and research facilities located 20 minutes apart in Pontiac and Warren, Michigan. The two will also work together to evaluate new fuel cell designs and materials with TARDEC’s state-of-the-art facility providing a place to test everything they’ve been developing.
The big news here is that Chevrolet is continuing to invest into hydrogen fuel cell technology, following its “Project Driveway” in 2007, where it had a 119-vehicle fleet of hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Equinoxes that were driven daily for over three-million miles by over 5,000 consumers.
“Hydrogen fuel cell technology is important to GM’s advanced propulsion portfolio, and this enables us to put our technology to the test in a vehicle that will face punishing military duty cycles,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s Global Fuel Cell Engineering activities.
Discuss this story on our Chevrolet Colorado Forum