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Stop! Donít Cut that Wire! Thatís a Chevy Volt!
Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2012 | John Ransom

Posted on 03/21/2012 4:43:25 AM PDT by Kaslin

Grab the Cat” scene from the movie Lethal Weapon 3 is being played out in training rooms across America thanks to a generous $4.4 million grant from the Department of Energy.

If you’re not familiar with the scene, first responders, Detectives Riggs and Murtaugh, are trying to disarm a car bomb, while a cat plays nearby. Riggs doesn’t know which wire to snip, so he just snips one at random. As he watches the bomb’s timer begin to hyper-accelerate, he realizes that he’s cut the wrong wire. He casually says to his partner Roger Murtaugh, “Hey, Rog?”

“Yeah,” says Murtaugh.

“Grab the cat.”

The men and the cat escape in the nick of time.

Well that scene, minus the explosion, is just another of the unintended benefits brought to us by the award-winning designers of the Chevy Volt.

Unlike old-fashioned lead acid batteries, the Chevy Volt lithium battery contains enough of a punch that it can kill you- and anyone else who is not grounded- if first responders cut the wrong wires or even the right ones, as Stephen Smoot reminded us last week on Townhall.

After taking us through the procedure first responders are suppsoed to use to cut the wires, Smoot writes:

"General Motors also warns that 'cutting these cables can result in serious injury or death.'" 

Don't cut that wire! No, it's not a North Korean nuke. It's more dangerous: It's the power train of the Chevy Volt                

Emery - Volt Figure 8 (Courtesy of General Motors)

Nothing like making first responders’ jobs more hazardous. Give that car an award for design innovation!

“Besides attending to and rescuing the injured, first responders must now be aware of the potential hazards the new alternative-fuel technology may pose,” says Energyboom’s transportation correspondent Jace Shoemaker. “In order to keep both passengers and rescue crews safe, first responders must be aware of the potential for electrical shock, dangers of unintended vehicle movement, the challenges of charging stations and fires.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, which is sponsoring training for first responders through the Department of Energy grant, “Training programs will help first responders ascertain whether the car is disabled or not, provide information about how to power down vehicles, demonstrate how to safely disconnect the high-voltage system, and show safe cut points for extrication.”

Before I even get in a vehicle, I always try to identify the safe cut points for extrication. My family and I make a game of it on the way to Grandma’s.

“Anyone who can guess the safe cut points for extrication gets to sit near one!” I say.

“Hurray, I’m going to live…assuming I don’t get electrocuted or crushed by unintended vehicle movement or burn up in a lithium-coolant fire,” says the winner.

In response, General Motors- after a year of sales- is considering ways to allow first responders to discharge the battery so they can have a safe working environment.


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To: FreedomPoster
There is a lot more energy in a tank full of gasoline.

Gasoline fires respond to water and foam. Guess what happens to a fireman who turns his hose on a Volt before he realizes it's an electric car?

21 posted on 03/21/2012 6:53:43 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Kaslin
So the thing is a piece of junk and a death trap...not only for its occupants, but for their would-be RESCUERS, as well.

Odumbo-n-his-Dolt. Dolt Squared. You just can't make this stuff up.

22 posted on 03/21/2012 7:00:58 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: MarkL
I'm pretty sure that these "modern" batteries don't produce these gasses.

Maybe not explosive but highly toxic.

Back in the 80s the Minuteman III Launch Facilities had massive Lithium Ion batteries installed for extended survival power. It cost millions of dollars.

Maintenance troops penetrating the sites started noticing bulges in the batteries and the Air Force found they were deteriorating and leaking extremely hazardous gases into the underground, closed, Launcher Equipment areas.

The maintenance troops then had to take out special detectors which had to be lowered into the equipment area prior to the teams climbing down.

The batteries were removed after a few years at the cost of several million more dollars.

Lithium Ion batteries that size are really dangerous.

23 posted on 03/21/2012 7:05:17 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Kaslin
Unlike old-fashioned lead acid batteries, the Chevy Volt lithium battery contains enough of a punch that it can kill you- and anyone else who is not grounded-

Not grounded??? When dealing with high voltages you do not want to be grounded. Assuming that you're dealing with a crashed car with bent metal parts from the car touching the pavement you are at far more risk of conducting electricity yourself if you are grounded.

A squirrel running along the electrical line is safe just so long as he doesn't touch both the wire and a ground wire/grounded pole (or opposite phasae elctrical wire) at the same time. When he does, he pops like a furry overloaded fuse. The same will happen to someone cutting a high voltage/high current wire while also touching the grounded part of the circuit.

24 posted on 03/21/2012 7:12:20 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: hadaclueonce; Elsie
Volt=Vega

The difference is that the Vega was about a $2,500 car (about $12K today) while the Volt starts in the 40K range.
25 posted on 03/21/2012 7:17:52 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0sDe-MuBt0

The Terminator movie had an interesting take on robot batteries exploding.


26 posted on 03/21/2012 8:30:20 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Venturer
Remember the hue and cry when it came out that the Ford Pinto's gas tank problem could have been fixed with a $13 part?

How much noise will we hear after a few first-responders are zapped by these rolling electric chairs and the problem could have been addressed with a circuit breaker?

(crickets)

27 posted on 03/21/2012 9:17:56 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: PapaBear3625

But; as long as the FLUX is not spilt; then the timeline would remain intact.


28 posted on 03/21/2012 10:00:05 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: KarlInOhio
A squirrel running along the electrical line is safe just so long as he doesn't touch both the wire and a ground wire/grounded pole (or opposite phasae elctrical wire) at the same time.

Indeed!

I was astounded a few years ago when, right above the 230 KV(?) lines running thru my property, a helicopter was hovering and a man dangling from it was doing something to the wires!

29 posted on 03/21/2012 10:17:22 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfnYuANLh5k


30 posted on 03/21/2012 10:21:53 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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