GM Defense, LLC has been serving as a spearhead for the fuel cell vehicle efforts at General Motors. While companies like Honda and Toyota have introduced more pedestrian takes on what a fuel cell vehicle can be with various passenger cars, GM went full ‘Merica and rolled out the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 truck, followed by the autonomous SURUS platform. The next product offering in line for that federal defense money appears to be the Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 truck – and it’s yuge.
The Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 might very well be based off of the all-new 2020 Silverado HD, based on the official video from GM Defense, and the teaser image from Chevrolet back in April. The imposing pickup from the future is powered by a “next generation” hydrogen fuel cell system branded as Hydrotec, as well as a lithium-ion battery system. That makes the Silverado ZH2 a hybrid, but not of the conventional gas-electricity type. The hydrogen is stored in a quartet of 700 bar tanks, and is said to be good for an estimated range of 400 miles. Based on what, we don’t know. And don’t expect the production 2020 Silverado HD to utilize by this power unit, which seems a little unchecked at first blush. It’s likely that the 2020 Silverado HD will feature a new Duramax Diesel engine, as well as a new 6.6L gasoline engine.
The GM Defense video also revealed that the Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 will feature dynamic spool valve dampers, or DSSV for short. Supplied by Multimatic, these dampers have been on less than ten production cars ever sold, but do include the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup truck. This could tease some type of 2020 Silverado HD ZR2 production model, but we won’t hold our breath.
Also teased in the GM Defense video is a Silverado ZH2 medical truck, and a flat bed version of the truck. Should the military warm up to alternative fuels, General Motors will be at the forefront of product offerings.