More evidence this week that we're living in a sci-fi pulp novel, circa 1959: General Motors has announced that they've built a new pickup truck for the U.S. Army that runs on hydrogen fuel cells.
Working with the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the automaker has finished development on the three-ton Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, which stands six-and-a-half feet tall and is a full seven feet wide. Reinforced inside and out, the truck rides on a set of heavy-duty 37-inch tires and a specially modified suspension.
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Plenty of fuel-cell vehicles are in various stages of development around the world -- the Toyota Mirai is on display this week at the Paris Auto Show. But the lack of infrastructure for refueling has proven to be a major obstacle for fuel-cell passenger vehicles.
For military purposes and deployment, however, hydrogen-fueled vehicles make more sense. An interesting breakdown over at Wired details the potential advantages. The military could potentially extract hydrogen directly from the jet fuel it already uses. Or it could simply swap in tankers of hydrogen fuel for delivery within the existing supply and distribution system.