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Electric car crashes could pose new risk for first responders, group says
By Todd Sperry CNN
updated 9:36 PM EST, Fri December 28, 2012
Batteries that power hybrid and electric cars could present safety risk in crashes, group says
Clear labels recommended about battery and power systems to protect first responders
More than 435,000 electric, hybrid vehicles sold in the United States this year, figures show
(CNN) -- Fuel-saving gas-electric hybrid and all-electric cars and trucks powered by sizable battery packs and high voltage motors could present a new kind of danger at serious accident scenes, according to an industry group.
A report by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) highlighted risks to first responders and tow operators from potential electric shock from damaged systems not disengaged during or immediately after a crash.
"As electric vehicles enter the marketplace in greater numbers, it's an appropriate time to recognize best practices that facilitate a safe response when these vehicles are in an accident," said Todd Mackintosh, chairman of the SAE technical committee that issued the report earlier this month.
The group recommended automakers install switches that would kill battery power in the event of an accident. The location of those switches should be standardized for safety.
Another recommendation would create a guide for emergency workers, something Mackintosh called a "cheat sheet for first responders." It would quickly identify the location of high-voltage components allowing them to be disabled.
Tow truck drivers also need better information and training on how to handle hybrids and electric vehicles without receiving an unexpected jolt, the report said.
More than 435,000 battery powered electric and hybrid electric vehicles were sold in the United States this year, an increase of 53%, compared to 2011 sales numbers, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association.
In May, auto industry officials and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Energy Department discussed potential dangers faced by first responders from electrical charges produced by hybrid and electric cars.
NHTSA later issued interim guidance for consumers, emergency responders and tow truck operators to increase awareness about specific dangers.
Dangers can be reduced if responders have easy access to battery packs and if auto manufacturers create common disconnect locations in all hybrid and electric vehicles, NHTSA said.
Automakers are getting the message out to drivers and responders.
Nissan places the battery pack of its LEAF all-electric car in a steel case. The Japanese automaker also designed the battery pack to sense a crash and disable its electrical charge when involved in an accident.
Ford has published a guide for first responders encountering its Focus EV involved in accidents. The Focus EV includes what Ford calls "Electric Badges," which are clearly marked logos on the doors and trunk lid to warn responders of possible electric shock. Cables wrapped in orange high-voltage warning sleeves are located under the hood of the Focus EV.
General Motors, maker of the Chevy Volt, is also helping to prepare fire service and other first responders.
Moreover, GM took steps to better protect the Volt battery pack following a fire that flared after a crash test in 2011. NHTSA found no defect with the lithium-ion battery system nor were any real world crash-fires ever reported. But the case highlighted potential safety concerns for first responders.
News Update !!!
2 Good Samaritans electrocuted trying to help car crash victim
As TODAY's Natalie Morales reports, two women were electrocuted to death by water after rushing to help a driver who had slammed his car into a fire hydrant and utility pole in California. One witness, James Pike, describes the horrific scene.
By Andrew Mach, NBC News
Two women were electrocuted Wednesday after trying to help the victims of a car accident in Los Angeles, fire department officials said. The women, who have not been identified, were apparently responding separately to the scene of a crash in Valley Village in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles., where a vehicle slammed into a fire hydrant and a light pole which knocked down a power line around 8:30 p.m.
Rick Mcclure / AP
Courtesy of NBC News
Los Angeles fire captain Cristian Granucci examines the wreckage of a car as water from a fire hydrant sits gushes out behind it after the crash. The SUV came to a stop about 10 feet away from the fire hydrant, which burst, shooting water two stories into the air, witnesses said. The gushing water quickly pooled underneath the vehicle where the damaged light pole left electrical wires sticking out of the ground.
Fire department officials said the wires were disguised by the darkness, the running water and the growing number of startled neighbors and passing drivers who came running to help. Unbeknownst to the first people who tried to help the victim of the crash, an adult male, the water was electrified.
A woman who lived in a nearby home rushed out to the scene and stepped into the electrified water and was electrocuted.
A husband and wife who were driving by also stopped and rushed to help. That woman was also electrocuted. Her husband suffered only minor injuries.
Firefighters and paramedics examine two of the eight victims who were shocked after attempting to aid a car crash victim as water gushes from the fire hyrdant.
“I came running out and I saw the car and I saw the water, and then all of the sudden I saw a lady come out of nowhere,” a witness, Christie Vergini, told Fox LA. “She walked, stepped in the water, fell back on her back with her arms straight out, and then I ran back to the house to get my mom and came back. There was a huge crowd of people. Another lady supposedly was reaching in to help her got shocked too, and they were trying to help her and everybody was like stand back, don’t touch the water."
“Everybody panicking because they couldn’t help the woman on the ground because of the live wire,” another witness, Liz Casmier told Fox LA.” I mean, it was obvious she needed aid, but nobody could do anything because of the live wire in the water. It was horrifying.”
Five others, ranging in ages from 19 to 57, followed and were electrically shocked, fire department officials said.
“I run outside, and across the street I see two women laying on the sidewalk,” a witness, James Pike, told NBCLosAngeles.com. “I see two or three young gentlemen keep trying to rescue them and pull them to safety and each time they would try to pull them there were getting shocked.”
When Los Angeles firefighters arrived to the scene, they used rubber gloves and a long pole to pull the two women, who lay motionless on the ground, from the water. Seven of the eight victims were taken to an area hospital, where the two women were pronounced dead. One of the victims who suffered minor injuries declined to be taken to the hospital.
In total, 55 additional firefighters were dispatched to the scene, who secured the area and treated victims.
The Department of Water and Power shut off the water supply to the fire hydrant and electricity to the power lines. Investigators from the LAPD Valley Traffic Division said excessive speed was likely a factor of the car accident. Alcohol was not believe to be involved.
“This tragic accident, in some ways can serve as a warning,” Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Erik Scott said. “Many people, with nothing but the best intentions, were injured and killed while trying to save others. This reminds all who want to help at the scene of an emergency to stay aware of their surroundings, and if there is any question as to safety, please wait for trained rescuers to arrive.”
(Greenstar Comment)- This could of easily been an Electric Vehicle Charging Station and with the number of stations planned for installation on our streets, we should be seriously concerned. Our emergency responder or a good samaritan face the same risk and we are committed to educate our emergency responders across the Country. Since 2010, we have used this same exact scenerio to educate in our training program and we will continue to work diligently to protect the general public and our emergency responders. We strive for a safer Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Safety program comes to Indianapolis, Indiana
Greater Indiana Clean Cities, Indiana Energy and Indiana Power & Light partnered up to bring charging station safety to the forefront. Responders from across the state were able to attend charging station safety program by Greenstar Concepts LLC.
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PRLog (Press Release)
- May 17, 2013 - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Safety became a top priority for our emergency responders in Indianapolis and its surrounding cities. Sponsored by Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition and IPL and Indiana Energy, this program was another step forward for their Sustainable Energy Program.
A 4 hour safety program created by Greenstar Concepts LLC, leaders in electric vehicle charging station safety was packed with safety information regarding the electric vehicle charging station. With the number of electric vehicles and the charging station infrastructure in the Indiana market, a safety program was in order and each attendee was able to gain the knowledge of safety concerns involving electric vehicles and its charging stations.
"We created this safety program to cater to emergency responders and local agencies across the country", said James Maddox, Greenstar Concepts Safety Instructor.
Indianapolis not only supports the EV program, they also support the safety of each emergency responder and its citizens,
Greenstar Concepts LLC, has developed the only EV Charging station safety program in the country that caters to Stakeholders, Emergency Responers, City and County agencies and state government agencies.
Greenstar has upcoming safety programs scheduled with Ohio Clean Cities on May 13, 2013 and also has upcoming programs scheduled for Florida. To schedule your group for an upcoming date please call Robert Wright or James Maddox or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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