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Chevrolet Colorado Silverado ZR2 ZH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Pickup Truck

General Motors recently re-filed for trademarks that we’ve seen in the past, both of which point to high-performance Chevrolet Silverado variants. The first trademark is “ZRX”, while the other is “ZH2.” Both trademarks were filed on February 17, 2023, and both are intended for “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles.” For most people, “ZH2” and “ZRX” appear to be nothing but jumbled letters and numbers. But for Chevy truck fans, these designations not only ring a bell, but also spark a flame of curiosity.

Image via GM.

ZRX Trademark: Likely Bound For Chevrolet Silverado And Colorado ZR2 Race Trucks

At first, speculation was that the top-end Chevrolet Silverado that we know today as the ZR2 would have the “ZRX” designation. We also heard the rumors of a dedicated Ram TRX and F-150 Raptor fighter from Chevrolet that would take the form of a supercharged Silverado, but those rumors continue to hold zero substance to this day.

That “Meteor” Silverado you may have heard of? Fake news!

So, what could the “ZRX” trademark from General Motors actually elude to? Our best guess is this: a turnkey race truck from Chevrolet. We heard from the truck marketing director directly that the company is strongly “interested” in selling off-road race trucks based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 for privateers to compete in events like the Mint 400, Vegas-to-Reno, and the Baja 1000. That may also end up including the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, as well. Currently, Chad Hall Racing fields both a new Colorado ZR2 and Silverado ZR2 in the Best In The Desert Series, where both race trucks took home championship titles in 2021.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 ZRX
The Hall Racing Colorado ZR2. Image via Chevrolet.
Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 ZRX Chad Hall Racing Best In The Desert Race Pickup Truck Off Road
The Chad Hall Racing Silverado ZR2. Image via Chevrolet.

GM ZH2 Trademark: Hydrogen-Powered Chevrolet Silverado And Colorado Coming?

As for the “ZH2” trademark. At the moment, the designation has only been found on one truck: the Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 Concept – a hydrogen fuel-cell powered pickup truck for GM Defense. Before that, there was the Colorado ZH2 Concept in 2016. This, too, was a hydrogen fuel cell off-road military truck. More than that, this Halo Warthog looking type of machine ran and drove as it should, and some media even got to experience it firsthand, while the Department of Defense evaluated the truck, as well.

Both the Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 and Colorado ZH2 suggest that GM is once again looking to dabble in off-road performance powered by hydrogen in some capacity. This of course could mean another concept truck soon, or it could mean something more. It could mean a dedicated effort from General Motors to build and sell a hydrogen-powered vehicle, likely using the Chevrolet Silverado (and/or GMC Sierra) as starting point.

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept
The Colorado ZH2 Concept. Image via GM.
Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 GM Defense Lineup Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pickup Truck Future
The Silverado ZH2 Concept for GM Defense. Image via GM.
Chevrolet Colorado Silverado ZH2 Concept Chassis
The chassis of the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept. Image via GM.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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