Hybrid Vehicle Hazards

From the vehicle extrication e-Newsletter, sponsored byArticle and photos by Jason D. Emery, Emergency Training SolutionsAlthough hybrid vehicles can present significant hazards to emergency response personnel, proper education and strict adherence to standard operating procedures can alleviate these dangers. This article highlights two primary concerns of hybrids: the high-voltage electrical system and the potential for unexpected vehicle movement.The high voltage batteries in hybrid vehicles range from 144 to 330 volts DC. Some manufacturers, such as Toyota, Lexus, and Nissan, use power converters to increase the operating system voltage to 650 volts AC to power the electric drive motor...

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