Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, right? That's what General Motors is doing with a series of nationwide training sessions for emergency first responders to get them ready for the first private Chevrolet Volts hitting the road later this year. If you want to get a feeling for how these three-hour classes are run, check out the new video after the jump of recent sessions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The important lessons are on how to sever high-voltage cables, how to disable the powerful battery and specialized extrication procedures related to where the high-strength steel and cut points are. You can watch the video after the jump and there's another one here.
GM isn't the only company talking to emergency personnel about how to safely interact with advanced technology vehicles after an accident. After discussions with first responders, Nissan engineers put a kill switch on the Leaf's battery, even though they said it was perfectly safe and able to shut itself off in the event of a crash. The first responders wanted to be able to do it themselves, so now there is a way to do that.
[Source: Bader TV News]