The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has just announced a partnership with GM and OnStar to provide electric vehicle emergency training for first responders, and kicked off the training series.The announcement was made at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Conference in Chicago where GM and OnStar demonstrated emergency techniques on the Chevy Volt.
The training program is funded by the US government Recovery Act and will consist of a series of training courses. The NPFA will also be reaching out to other automakers that are producing electric cars.
“With the Chevrolet Volt and other electric vehicles about to hit the streets, it is important to know that first responders are trained and ready to respond,” said Andrew Klock, NFPA’s senior project manager for the initiative. “First responders have a long history of successfully adapting their response to new automotive technologies in order to protect the public as well as themselves.”
“This collaboration gives us an opportunity to extend our electric vehicle training and education program giving our nation’s first responders a platform to learn more about this new era of automotive transportation,” said Chevrolet Safety Director Gay Kent.
Chevrolet and OnStar are helping to produce the series of online courses and videos which will be used in instructor-led courses. The objective is to ensure first responders know how to deal specifically with EVs and the Volt in particular during emergency situations such as crashes and fires.
The first kick-off three-hour presentation took place at the conference and included an extraction demonstration using an actual Chevrolet Volt. Key points such as where to cut the high strength steel in an extraction were highlighted.
Other items included in the presentation were how to power down the 360-v high voltage systems in an emergency and how to fight a battery fire (with water not dry chemicals). It was also noted that OnStar will transmit the advent of a Volt crash to the OnStar command center so that first responders could be advised the crash involves an electric car.
And, to sadden yourself a little, you can watch this video of firemen slicing up a perfectly usable Volt:
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Today I finished the second training module for the 2011 Chevrolet VOLT. Just like the first one, much of the information presented was a review of what I had already learned here on GM-Volt.com…
The emphasis in this section was on the “Driving Experience” that will set a new standard in what an ‘electric car’ or ‘hybrid car’ can be. The review started with three words: Comfort, Quality, Quietness. From there the discussion quickly moved into “Performance”. The 2011 Chevy VOLT will have the feel of a 250hp V6 mid-size sedan with 273 lb.-ft. of torque and a top end speed of 100 MPH.
Based on the recent videos shown on GM-Volt.com and others, I think it will be easy to show that driving an Extended Range Electric Vehicle will be a lot of fun! The “VOLT experience” really shines once you get inside, and that is the focus for today.
Here are some of the new images and descriptions:
When you open the driver’s door, the driver’s steering wheel screen comes to life and shows the current status of the car’s charging system. It shows if you are charging by 120V or 240V and the ETA to completion of charge if it is not already done.
Also, what is the EV range based on the current charge status if you drove away immediately. The current Odometer reading is shown too.
When you close the door there is a synchronized animation between the two 7″ screens welcoming the driver.
(in this image the two 7” high resolution screens are shown side-by-side as animation welcomes you)
If the driver has the keyfob in their possession inside of the car, the START button will be flashing blue. Just push the button to start the car. Shortly after, an audio cue will play when vehicle is ready to drive.
When the car is “On”, you are presented with the configurable driver’s information screen. It can be set to a very ‘simple’ display, or with as much information as you need.
Please remember that these are only ‘sample images’ and not to use these for debates about EV or CS mileage figures. Just like in the first training session there was no mention of gas tank size or charge sustaining mode MPG figures.
There were only a few images of the driver’s display but I found them easy to read and very colorful.Next came a quick overview of the buttons on the center stack, shown in ceramic white and black.
VOLT customers will be able to easily track the overall performance of the vehicle with additional screens like these which are activated by pressing the “green leaf” button on the center stack:
This one shows the Energy Efficiency for today’s drive based on your Driving Style and where you have the Climate Controls set. There is also a choice for Energy Usage, which I believe everyone here is going to study closely when they take a ‘real’ test drive.
The driving modes were covered again and the three factors that will affect your maximum EV Range: Terrain, Temperature and Technique (driving technique).
It ended with a review of the options available for the VOLT, along with a review of “Chevrolet Connect” powered by OnStar. This is one of the features that makes the ‘connected experience’ really shine.
Using this SmartPhone App, you can pre-program your charging start time and set it to ‘text you’ when the charge is completed. It can also be set to remind you to plug in your VOLT, or alert you when the car is unplugged before or during a scheduled charge. These functions can also be set from your desktop computer through the “MyVolt.com” website. With so many ways to communicate with your car, it seems unlikely that anyone could “forget” to plug the car in when it is needed.”
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