GM Expands EV Emergency training for First Responders
According to GM, its OnStar system already has the ability to tell first responders if an EV is involved in an incident. In order to give first responders enough confidence to handle such a situation, General Motors just announced that it would be expanding its efforts to train emergency personnel in the U.S. and Canada to deal with EV emergencies.
The program will not only provide specific information on the technology inside an electric vehicle, but it will also include best practices for dealing with EVs and hybrids in all kinds of potentially difficult situations. GM will use not only live presentations but also presentations from experts, videos, and virtual demonstrations. The automaker will be scheduling four-hour safety presentations in various cities through its gmEVFirstResponderTraining.com website and even offer specific certificates for successfully completed sessions. Tesla also offers a similar program.