Colorado honored in souped-up General Motors military vehicle

Posted at 2:54 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 16:54:03-04

An imposing new vehicle isn't yet on the market for anybody but the U.S. government, but it bears Colorado's name.

The new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 by General Motors is a fuel cell vehicle proposed for extreme military use, but is notable for its use of hydrogen power. 

Proponents say the vehicle is a step in the right direction for the environment, compared to other military vehicles which burn fuel quickly. 

"The speed with which innovative ideas can be demonstrated and assessed is why relationships with industry are so important to the Army," said Paul Rogers, director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. “Fuel cells have the potential to expand the capabilities of Army vehicles significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further.”
General Motors officials say the vehicle will have the capability to be powered via both fuel and electricity, giving it flexibility when in rugged areas. 
Reinforcing its ruggedness is the vehicle's image, a visage that rides on 37-inch tires, is 6-feet-tall and 7-feet-wide.
Chevrolet lovers across the country will surely want to know a price, however that's for the U.S. government to know. 
The military is in one of two fuel cell contracts with the motors company. 
The unveiling coincides with Ford's announcement that the renowned Ford Bronco will make a reappearance in its lineup. 


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