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Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of fuel cell business, stands next to the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as he talks with reporters at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of fuel cell business, stands next to the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as he talks with reporters at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of fuel cell business, stands next to the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as he talks with reporters at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of fuel cell business, stands next to the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as he talks with reporters at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Lights on the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
Lights on the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A light on the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
A light on the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
One of the 37-inch tires on the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
One of the 37-inch tires on the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle's Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO) allows the fuel cell to power activity where electric power may otherwise be unavailable.
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle's Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO) allows the fuel cell to power activity where electric power may otherwise be unavailable. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
An interior view of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
An interior view of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
An interior view of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
An interior view of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A wide-angle view under the hood of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
A wide-angle view under the hood of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Under the hood of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
Under the hood of the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
The ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a joint project of General Motors and the U.S. Army, on display at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Dr. Paul Rogers, director of the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), stands next to the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as he talks to reporters at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017.
Dr. Paul Rogers, director of the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), stands next to the ZH2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as he talks to reporters at the Washington Auto Show, Jan. 26, 2017. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — The ZH2 fuel cell electric vehicle, developed and built by General Motors for the U.S. Army to test and evaluate the readiness of fuel-cell propulsion in military-like environments, is in the public eye this week at the Washington Auto Show.

Representatives of of GM and the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) met with reporters at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Thursday to show off the new technology.

“Our engineers and scientists are excited about the soldiers’ feedback on their experience using a fuel cell vehicle,” said TARDEC Director Dr. Paul Rogers. “Ultimately these warfighters are our customer, and bringing their vehicles the capabilities that make their missions successful and bring them home safely is paramount.”

The ZH2, a version of the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck, will be on display for the duration of the show from Jan. 27 through Feb 5.

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