Chevrolet, OnStart team up to train first responders on electric-vehicle technology

Chevrolet and OnStar Train First Responders on Volt Technology
Chevrolet and OnStar Train First Responders on Volt Technology

Chevrolet and OnStar have teamed up to teach and train national first-responder organizations about electric-vehicle technology.

“Technological changes in the automotive industry require changes in fire and emergency service operations as well,” said Chief Jack Parow, first vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. “The IAFC is proud to work with Chevrolet and OnStar to ensure that fire responders are adequately trained in how to work with the new technology, both for their own safety and the safety of those they serve.”

Click here to read our first drive impressions of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

The training will include animation and illustrations of the Chevrolet Volt, highlighting locations of high-strength steel, cut points for extrication, first-responder labeling, automatic and manual electrical shut-off and more.

With more than 50 crash tests already conducted, Chevrolet expects Volt to achieve high safety ratings in government tests. The Volt”s body structure is made up of nearly 80 percent high-strength steel.

Check out a video of first-responders messing around with the Chevrolet Volt after the jump.

Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, “T”-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. According to GM”s preliminary specs, the system puts out 150-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes less than 3 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 8 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries a 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 300 miles.

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– By: Kap Shah