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Monday, July 31st 2017
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E-driving in the news

News from Moditech Rescue Solutions BV

Electric and hybrid driving has been in the news a lot recently. In the coming years, the number of electric and hybrid vehicles will increase significantly. This automatically increases the likelihood of incidents involving these vehicles. It is important for emergency service workers to be prepared for this!

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The ING Economics Department predicts that, over seven years, electrically driven mileage is on average cheaper than fossil fuel mileage. As a consequence, sales of 'plug-in cars' will increase significantly in the next decade. This is because charging infrastructure is improving, the range of electric vehicles is increasing and the price of batteries is falling. The bank believes that from 2035 all newly sold passenger cars in Europe will be 100 per cent electric (source: NOS.nl).

2035 may seem far away, but the number of electric vehicles will increase gradually. As a result, vehicle manufacturers are aligning their policies. A recent example of this is Volvo. The Swedish car company is focusing on electric driving. Every Volvo from 2019 will be equipped with an electric engine. This will put an end to Volvo models that only have an internal combustion engine. Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo will launch five fully electric vehicles. Volvo has set itself the goal of selling at least 1 million electrically driven cars by 2025 (source: Autotrader.nl). The expectation is that other manufacturers will follow suit.

Car maker Volvo totally focused on electric driving

It is important for emergency service workers to be aware of these developments. You must know how to act safely when called out to an incident involving this type of vehicle. This concerns the safety of both the emergency service worker and the traffic accident victims. Above all, safeguarding/stabilising these vehicles requires the right know-how.

The CRS provides the emergency service worker with important information. Retrieving the information needs to become a habit so that you can act quickly.

Not only is vehicle information required, but also knowledge of the latest technologies used in these modern vehicles. The emergency service worker can obtain vehicle information from the CRS. Knowledge of modern vehicle technology can be acquired during training. And importantly, you need to practice with these types of incidents.

Crash Recovery System information window on the propulsion system and safeguarding the vehicle

Moditech regularly offers practice scenarios on Facebook or our newsletter so as an emergency service worker you can continue to practice with modern vehicle technology. Our most recent practice scenario can be found in the May newsletter. You can get more information about our training from training@moditech.com.