The U.S. Army has taken delivery
on a fuel-cell-powered GM crew cab pickup, making it the world’s first fuel
cell-powered pickup in military service.
The modified Chevrolet Silverado,
powered by two 94-kilowatt cell stacks, is capable of producing 317 foot-pounds
of torque, which is the roughly equivalent to GM’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine.
Acceleration is also similar to a V-8 powered production pickup; however, it
produces no tailpipe emissions.
The truck was developed in
partnership between GM and the U.S. Army.
The vehicle, which has a range of
125 miles, will be tested in different climates and locations as a package
delivery vehicle, but will not be immediately used in combat.