US Army Testing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stealth Truck

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US Army Testing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stealth Truck

The US Army has revealed that it is testing a new stealth electric road vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The ZH2 is a modified Chevy Colorado – equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell and an electric drive – which has been supplied by General Motor’s Global Fuel Cell Activities and is to be tested by soldiers under the supervision of the Non-Primary Power Systems, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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The electricity that runs the ZH2 is generated by the highly compressed hydrogen within the fuel cell via an electrochemical reaction. The fuel cell is capable of generating 80-90 kilowatts on its own, which can be boosted to 130 kilowatts with a buffer battery. This power produces 236 pounds of torque and gives the vehicle a range of 150 miles. The vehicle’s stealth capabilities come from its ability to run silent while emitting no noise, smoke, smell, or thermal signature.

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According to the US Army website, the vehicle offers soldiers the following advantages:

  • The ZH2 produces high torque and comes equipped with 37-inch tires that enable it to negotiate rough and steep terrain.
  • The hydrogen fuel cell can produce two gallons per hour of potable water.
  • When the vehicle isn’t moving, it can generate 25 kilowatts of continuous power or 50 kW of peak power. There are 120 and 240-volt outlets located in the trunk.
  • The vehicle is equipped with a winch on the front bumper.

The US Army is to test the ZH2 later this year.

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