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SAE Urges Larger Hybrid, Electric Car Signage

One-inch-high lettering and badging on hybrids and electric cars would help firefighters and rescue workers quickly identify high-voltage risks.

Published: 26-Dec-2012

Hybrid and electric cars need prominent labeling inside or out to warn firefighters and other rescuers of the hazards posed by their high-voltage systems after a serious crash, according to an influential industry panel.

Hybrids or electrics should have inch-high letters or badges on both sides and the rear that are visible to first responders from at least 50 feet, says the committee of experts from SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, who looked at the issue. An alternative, it said, was distinctive lettering on the dashboard that rescuers can easily see through the windows.

The panel issued a variety of other safety recommendations for electrified vehicles, from quick-reference guides for first responders for each electrified model to guidance for tow-truck operators on how to safely handle hybrids and electric cars.


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