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Firefighter cuts up a Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, General Motors announced that it would providing a series of special training sessions for emergency first responders later this year in preparation for the launch of the Chevrolet Volt. Firefighters and other personnel will be learning more about the Volt and its construction in order to understand what sort of safety hazards to look for as well how to extricate anyone trapped inside in the case of an accident.

Because the Volt is equipped with OnStar, the car will automatically notify emergency dispatchers in the event of a crash and provide vehicle information. This will help everyone be ready when they get to an accident site. Squeamish Volt fans might not want to watch the video after the jump. There's no blood, but IVER prototypes do get cut apart. Shudder.


  • Chevrolet and OnStar join with the nation's leading first responder organizations to educate and train their members on electric vehicle technology. First responder training is part of the continuous safety features of the Chevrolet Volt before, during and after a crash. X10SF_CH008 (06/02/2010) (United States)

[Source: General Motors]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they loose their copy of the Tesla manual?

      OT: it shows what the big guys have to go through when they bring out real world models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most ICE's cut the fuel pump when an air-bag is deployed. So common sense would demand that high voltage parts get disconnected from the battery in a crash.
      In a crash big enough to rupture a well designed battery, the fuel tank would also have ruptured.

      So what is the difference ???? Is GM saying that their systems are not well designed and that fire fighters need to be aware?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aimless and others....
        why such a fuss about sharing information... i didnt take GM's efforts to be a reference about design.. as a matter of fact it must be a good design since they are willing to share the information.. don't see any others doing that.... so looks like there is a lot of interest.. at least when you read other blogs and articles about the amount of the vehicle simply because its new... the proof will be in the turnout for the training...if any of you are right, maybe people would not come.. but from what i've read.. there is a lot of interest... .and is there anything wrong with educating? if you think about what people are taught... stay away from electricity...blah blah blah.. its kinda natural to what to know whats going on and whats different.. just something to think about ....
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Captain, I can't cut through it!! Get me the C4, it's time to breach this bad boy!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah... it seems more like PR to me.

      The construction design and materials may be different from other models on the road.. but why don't they conduct a "first responders course" for EVERY new platform they introduce?
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a completely normal car except for a few high voltage lines and they shouldn't cut into the battery box in the floor.
      likely more of a pr stunt than anything real

      when you start making proper cars which would be fiber composite then the car will be somewhat diferent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right but you're wrong, Dan, imho. This is reverse PR. GM is subverting their EV all over again.

        Dear firefighters, Did you know that unless you have hands on training for each of the new EVs and how to carve them up properly you might be electrocuted?

        3 years ago, my neighbor went to a hybrid seminar sponsored by his insurance company (he's an insurance writer). There they essentially told him that hybrids posed a new risk of electrocution when you're in an accident and that 1st responders won't know how to deal with it, so for the time being, hybrids/EV's are evil.

        GM can't possibly expect to disseminate the plans for how to conduct a rescue to all first responders for a single SUPER low volume model like the Volt. Yeah, you can try to mitigate lawsuits by saying you made an effort, but the only real way to solve the problem would be to have standards in manufacturing and marking on the car. Personally, I'd focus on a system that isolates itself when there's a fault, much like a GFCI is safety job one around aquariums.