Last week, Chevrolet revealed a new V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission for the 2017 Colorado mid-size pickup. Apparently, that's not the only powertrain for the Colorado it's been working on.
On Tuesday, General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) announced they would reveal a fuel cell electric vehicle based on the Chevy Colorado on Oct. 3, 2016.
The hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck is the result of a development agreement signed by GM and TARDEC in 2015.
With the truck, TARDEC aims to utilize consumer-driven automotive technology. In return, it will provide GM with feedback on non-standard fuel cell technology applications.
Essentially, this way, TARDEC doesn't have to pay to develop its own hydrogen fuel cell power plant. And GM gets to learn how much of a beating the fuel cell can handle — saving the company both time and money.
It's no wonder TARDEC is interested in hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks. They're essentially EVs that can be refilled in a matter of minutes. What's more, they can also operate as remote power plants. Plus, they only emit water vapor from the tailpipe — just another benefit of the tech.
That means Army personnel can use the truck to quietly and efficiently get to the mission, then use it to power the mission. Plus, once all the kinks have been worked out, you might get the chance to buy a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle powered by the same stuff used by the U.S. Army. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal all-round, if you ask me.
GM and TARDEC will officially unveil the truck at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. Based on the provided teaser image above, it looks like it will be an impressive sight to behold.
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