December 8, 2022

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US Army Testing A Hydrogen Powered Monster Truck – Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

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The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is a hybrid military vehicle, featuring a jet propellant or JP-8 diesel-powered unmanned ground vehicle driven by a solid oxide fuel cell. A vehicle like this might relieve some of the load on dismounted soldiers. This is mainly because it eliminates the need to carry hefty batteries and providing quiet stealth. Also, this is to challenge the fact that liquid hydrocarbon fuels’ energy density and portability of the ZH2 have been critical issues. Therefore, TARDEC features a reformer that converts JP8 to hydrogen to fill the 10,000-pound per square inch ZH2 tanks. It powers tanks, vehicles, turbines, and generators. These palletized reformers might also create fuel for fixed fuel cells, which could power a remote military base. Besides that, the Colorado ZH2 features an Exportable Power Take-Off or EPTO unit, which enables the fuel cell to power activity away from the vehicle, such as to distant regions where electricity infrastructure might be unavailable. The EPTO’s versatility is one of the possible advantages that Army officials see in fuel-cell vehicles. Given this, you don’t have to worry where the Army anticipates finding bottled hydrogen on a battlefield.

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Source: Military TV

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