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November 5, 2010                                                

Governor Rell: Electric Vehicle Rescue Training

Available For First Responders

Free Workshops Center on Safe Handling of EV Technology In Emergencies


Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that state and local emergency officials will take part in a special training next week in New York City on handling emergencies involving electric vehicles (EVs).

Offered by Chevrolet, one of at least three auto manufacturers to market their EVs in Connecticut, the training will help police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders on how to handle EV technology in emergency situations. The Governor said personnel from the Connecticut Fire Academy will be among the participants.

Connecticut continues to make great strides in preparing for and accommodating electric vehicles on our roads,” Governor Rell said. “It is critical that our first responders have a working knowledge of this new technology to safely handle accident scenes and ultimately save lives.”

Three one-day workshops will be held November 8-10 at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island in New York. Chevrolet and OnStar are sponsoring the training, which will feature several scenarios involving the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is one of three EVs that will be marketed in Connecticut. Nissan and BMW also have chosen Connecticut to market their EVs as a result of the aggressive and comprehensive work of the state’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, established by Governor Rell last year.

The EV Council has set a goal of 25,000 plug-in vehicles in Connecticut by 2020. The 25,000 target is one of the many recommendations the Council included in its final report in September to the Governor on comprehensive ways to prepare the state for the advent of the new generation of zero-emission electric vehicles (EV).

            Among the recommendations in the final report are:

Incentive programs for consumers, auto dealers and manufacturers and EV research and development (R&D)

  • Tax incentives for individuals and businesses for EV purchases
  • Allow EVs in High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
  • Install charging stations at state buildings and attractions, such as state parks, museums, rest stops, train stations, libraries and public parking lots
  • Clean vehicle parking incentives
  • Review and target state lending programs to support existing and start-up EV businesses
  • Aggressively recruit California-based EV companies to make Connecticut their East Coast affiliate
  • Offer grants and loans for alternative vehicle and fueling infrastructure
  • Offer tax exemptions and tax credits for EV components manufacturers
  • Pursue federal grants to support EV infrastructure and research

For more information on the first responder training call: 1-248-860-7552 or e-mail:

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