Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Impact on Emergency Operations
Auto manufacturers in the United States and around the world have invested heavily in their hybrid and electric vehicle programs. Many of them have committed to being all electric or electric/hybrid in the next decade. Some estimates indicate that by 2025, they will make up 10% of new cars sold. Last year alone, EV sales were up 55%. In 2020, the NTSB released a report on EV fires involving lithiumi-ion batteries and concluded that the U.S. fire service is not yet fully prepared with the knowledge on how to address them. Recent trends have shown that the number of gaseous fuel and fuel cell vehicles on the roads continues to grow as well. This workshop provides an in-depth review of the vehicles using these types of alternative drive systems and their impact on emergency operations and extrications. Attendees will gain the knowledge required to safely work around these vehicles and to educate other members of their departments on how to handle their presence on our roads.