Responding to Incidents Involving the Chevrolet Volt

By JASON EMERY, KEITH SCHULTZ, and CHRIS PEPLER Emergency responders will begin to respond to more crashes involving electrically propelled vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, highlighting the need for firefighters to learn more about how electric vehicles function and the necessary response procedures. Fortunately, many of the principles and procedures that responders have learned previously for hybrid electric vehicles also apply to the Volt. This article focuses on the Volt, its systems, and emergency response procedures. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt (photo 1) was launched in select U.S. markets (including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, metro New York City, and metro Washington DC) i...

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