General Motors and the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) are planning to reveal a fuel-cell vehicle based on the Colorado pickup truck.
TARDEC is the United States' laboratory for advanced military automotive technology and serves as the Ground Systems Integrator for all Defense Department's unmanned and manned vehicle systems.
The vehicle is being developed under an agreement between GM and TARDEC and the collaboration facilitates TARDEC to access the consumer-driven automotive technology to use in military applications.
When the truck debuts next month, the army will reveal the truck's new powertrain and how it could be useful in a war zone. GM expects the vehicle to be quieter than any other fuel-powered engines, while the fuel cell powertrain will be able to help generate power.
Fuel cells also produce water as a byproduct of their operation, and water is always a good thing to have when working in remote areas for military operations.
The Chevrolet Colorado military pickup truck will be unveiled in October and will undergo demonstrations and assessment in 2017.