General Motors released a teaser image on Tuesday of the hydrogen-powered pickup truck it is developing with the U.S. Army.
The fuel cell version of the Chevrolet Colorado compact pickup will be revealed at an October meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C.
G.M. is working with the Warren, Mich.-based U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to advance its research into fuel cell stacks, which power vehicles by converting hydrogen to electricity, enabling them to travel longer distances than traditional battery-powered EVs.
From the Army’s perspective, hydrogen-powered vehicles can be especially useful in off-road military conditions due to their low-end torque and ability to generate exportable water and electricity. The partnership will provide the Army with access to G.M.’s consumer-based fuel cell research and technology.
”Hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to bring to the force incredibly valuable capabilities,” TARDEC Director Paul Rogers said in a statement. “We expect the vehicle to be quiet in operation and ready to provide electricity generation for needs away from the vehicle.”
A number of automakers, including Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai, have been developing hydrogen-powered sedans and SUVs for the consumer market. G.M., which has also been testing fuel cell technology for decades, partnered with Honda to develop fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems slated for 2020.
The Army will begin testing the powertrain next year.