28 Dec '12, 3pm

Electric and hybrid cars ‘need clear labels’ for the emergency services: Hybrid and electric cars should be clea...

Hybrid and electric cars should be clearly labelled to warn the emergency services of their high voltage systems, according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). While these types of vehicle are generally regarded as being just as safe (if not more so) than their combustion counterparts, the society believes that the emergency responders need a quick and easy way to identify them so that they can follow the correct procedures for dealing with their large battery systems. As hybrids and electric cars become more prevalent on our roads, SAE believes that that it is becoming ever more important that the emergency services are can clearly identify which cars use EV technology. To avoid an electric shock, first responders shut down electric systems in cars to keep themselves and others safe. As part of the publication of new recommended best practices for emergency serv...

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