GM has filed to trademark the ZH2 name, GM Authority has learned. The trademark may be used as branding for future hydrogen fuel cell technology applications.
The trademark was filed on February 17th, 2023 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and is assigned serial number 97799313. The application carries a Goods and Services description of “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles.”
To note, GM applied to trademark ZH2 with the USPTO back in 2016 as well, filing under a Goods and Services category of “Automobiles and structural parts thereof.”
It’s certainly no secret that GM is stepping up its all-electric vehicle efforts with a slew of new EVs coming down the pipe. However, what’s slightly less known is GM’s hydrogen fuel cell technology development efforts, which have included the ZH2 name on several occasions in the past.
The Chevy Silverado ZH2 certainly springs to mind. Framed as a military vehicle equipped with a fuel-cell powertrain and extreme off-roading equipment, the Chevy Silverado ZH2 was originally developed as a concept vehicle for the U.S. Army. However, per an exclusive GM Authority interview with GM Defense President David Albritton published in March of 2021, the project never moved beyond the concept phase.
Prior to the Chevy Silverado ZH2, GM developed the Chevy Colorado ZH2, which was also a hydrogen-powered pickup designed for military purposes. However, unlike the concept-only Silverado ZH2, the Colorado ZH2 actually made it as a working prototype, with delivery to the U.S. Army for testing in 2017. Standout features for the Chevy Colorado ZH2 included 37-inch tires and unique suspension upgrades, as well as GM’s Exportable Power Take-Off unit for remote power generation. The Army evaluated the Colorado ZH2 for its reduced acoustic and thermal signatures, high wheel torque, low fuel consumption, and water by-product for field uses.
Going forward, it looks like GM has further plans for the ZH2 name, although it remains to be seen exactly what they may be.