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Hybrids Pose Risks to First Responders

The Daily Auto Insider
Wednesday, May 5, 2004
May 2004


Hybrid vehicles represent a potential new danger to rescue workers because of high-voltage circuitry that may require some precise cutting to save a victim trapped in a crash, The Associated Press reported.

Hybrids, which draw power from a combination of internal combustion and electric motors, carry batteries producing as much as 500 volts, more than 40 times the strength of a standard battery.


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