DETROIT -- General Motors in October will show a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle being developed for military use.
The vehicle, stemming from a 2015 agreement between GM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, will help GM learn more about fuel cell uses as it works toward making a vehicle commercially available around the end of the decade. The Army plans to start conducting demonstrations and tests next year.
"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 released by GM. "We expect the vehicle to be quiet in operation and ready to provide electricity generation for needs away from the vehicle. With fuel cell technology advancing, it's an ideal time to investigate its viability in extreme military-use conditions."
The powertrain is a version of the one that GM developed for a Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell test fleet it called Project Driveway.