The New 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept is a demonstration vehicle that will be tested by the U.S. Army in 2017 to evaluate the effectiveness of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered off-road vehicle in mission settings.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept Interior. The clamshell also houses the Exportable Power Take-off (EPTO) electric power conditioning unit. This allows the operator to draw high-voltage D/C from the fuel cell and convert it to both high- and low-voltage A/C (240V or 120V). The EPTO unit delivers 25 kW continuously or up to 50 kW peak. The system can power a subdivision, tools at a work site, communications equipment or a small field hospital for hours.
At the rear, the ZH2 features a clamshell cover that integrates air intakes feeding radiators honeycombed behind the rear doors. Moving the air intake near the roofline lessens the amount of dust and dirt ingested into the radiator during extreme conditions.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept Exterior. The bold appearance of the Colorado ZH2 was driven by the packaging requirements for the fuel cell system, stationary power generation and chassis hardware necessary for off-road performance. The hood, front fenders, rear fenders and bed hatch are fabricated from carbon fiber with Kevlar reinforcements for maximum strength and impact resistance. The ZH2 also features a custom 30-inch LED light bar, custom turn signals, and 7-inch front headlights.
The chassis was designed and engineered for off-road use. It starts with 37-inch BF Goodrich tires mounted to 17-inch bead lock wheels. Power is transferred from the 93 kW fuel cell system to the 132-kW electric motor, which produces 236 lb.-ft. of instantaneous torque. That torque is then delivered to the transfer case and a 4-wheel drive system with front- and rear- electronic locking differentials.
Other ZH2 specifications include: 6:1 gear ratio, 6,038 lbs. curb weight (estimated), 7,338 lbs. GVWR (estimated), 133.5 in. wheelbase, 67.4 in. track width, 210.5 overall lengths, 79.8 in. overall height, 84.5 in. overall width (including mirrors), 80.3 in. overall width (tire-to-tire), 35 in. front overhang, 42 in. rear overhang and 25 ft. curb-to-curb turning radius.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept Engines and Transmission. Calibration testing and validation are currently underway, and the Colorado ZH2 is expected to be a truly capable off-road vehicle featuring 12 inches of ground clearance, 48-degree approach angle, and 39-degree departure angle, top speed above 60 mph, ability to ascend, descend and restart on 40 percent grade and 20 percent side slope capability