Of all the problems associated with electric vehicles, like charging stations, vehicle range and environmental impact, the most overlooked is arguably how emergency responders will rescue accident victims.
An electric vehicle (or even a hybrid) is substantially different than a conventional car, with batteries and electric motors being the biggest changes. The dangers of electric shock and corrosive battery materials are obvious, but what about things like structural re-enforcements that EVs need to deal with the added weight that the drivetrain brings?
GM recently held a seminar for emergency workers on their new Chevrolet Volt, explaining the design of the car, the electric drivetrain and even provided some mules for workers to utterly destroy practice on. Hit the jump to watch some Chevrolet Volts get maimed with cool hydraulically powered sharp objects.