• Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

    Once more, a reader question prompts us to share the answer with our entire green car audience. In this case, it's about how first responders should approach accidents that involve vehicles with high-voltage battery packs, whether they're conventional hybrids (e.g. Toyota Prius) or upcoming electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf or 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The first thing to know is that all modern electric-drive cars from major automakers have numerous interlocks and safety checks that instantly shut down the entire high-voltage electric system in the event of a crash or other emergency. Those...

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