GM Defense Shows Off New, Military-Spec Chevrolet Silverado ZH2

General Motors’ military effort seems to be kicking into high gear as GM Defense has revealed some renderings and a CGI video of the Chevrolet Silverado ZH2.

Like the smaller Colorado ZH2, the Silverado ZH2 is a hydrogen-powered military vehicle which has been designed for use in extreme conditions.

GM Defense didn’t divulge lots of info, but a promotional video does reveal some preliminary specifications. The full-size pickup truck has a heavy duty frame and a multimatic dynamic suspension which is similar to the one used on the Colorado ZR2.

Power is provided by a next-generation fuel cell which is fed by three 700 bar hydrogen fuel tanks. It generates electricity for the truck’s lithium-ion battery pack and electric powertrain and promises to give the truck a range in excess of 400 miles (643 km).

While the company didn’t say much else about the Silverado ZH2, GM Defense’s website says they intend to offer light tactical vehicles “derived from GM’s light and heavy-duty manufacturing experience.” The company went on to say these models are designed to be multi-purpose scout vehicles which can be used by special forces.

It’s natural to assume the truck is based on the 2019 Silverado, but it appears the pickup has more in common with the 2020 Silverado HD. As the company’s timeline noted, the Silverado ZH2 rides on the “first heavy duty truck architecture capable of supporting the next generation of vehicle requirements for higher payload, flexible configuration, longer range, and faster re-fueling times with more compact and capable propulsion system.”

There’s no word on when we’ll actually see the Silverado ZH2 in the flesh, but Chevrolet has already confirmed the next-generation Silverado HD will be unveiled in 2019.


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    I want one!
    I’ll figure out what to do with it later. Love that they’re going the alt-fuel/hybrid route.

  • GM is effectively a Chinese company.

  • kachuks

    Probably end up in a transformers movie.

    • Mike anonymous

      Please don’t give them ideas. (The should have ended it with Transformers 3, is all I will say).

      • Mr. EP9

        Personally, I think they should have ended at the first one.

        • Mike anonymous

          I had a ‘strong’ feeling someone was going to comment that.

          If you want my full opinion; the first film was the best, and I personally liked 3, more than 2 (and of course after the success of the first, they were going to make a sequel). But all of the first three films look to me like absolute masterpieces when compared to the (either separate, or preferably) combined 5hrs & 19mins of complete, UTTER… (*calms down a bit) …let’s just say they aren’t the best way to spend your time (putting it nicely).

          Suffice to say, I would go with 1, 2, & 3, only. But, if I had to choose,.. I would agree.

        • Marty

          Yep. If they can’t even bother to design transformers that could possibly transform, then maybe they should pick a different franchise.

  • Mike anonymous

    Whilst this is nice (and very cool), The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is the one I am really waiting to see.

    I think it’s great Chevrolet is adopting this technology into their trucks. If they could bring this to market as is, I am sure it would be a hit (and possibly compete with the likes of the F-150 (& now also Ranger) Raptors). Hopefully we can see not only road going versions of these vehicles (with their drivetrain technology) in the near future.

  • danno

    Highly doubt they will get over 400 miles range out of 3 x 700 bar tanks.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    not only does it look friggin sweet, but this would do well against the raptor if GM made it for the consumer market. Charge 130k for it or more, it would still sell.

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