Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced on November 5, 2010, that the local emergency officials and the state will participate a special training on how to handle electric vehicles in emergency situations next week in New York City. The training that is offered by Chevrolet is aimed to help firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and other employes working in first response handle the new technology safely and efficiently while they save lives. The Connecticut Fire Academy personnel is also announced to participate the training.
Governor Rell says that Connecticut makes great efforts to accommodate a larger number of electric vehicles on the American roads and for that reason it is crucial that first responders learn to handle new technology effectively.
Three workshops will take place at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island from November 8th to 10th. The training will be sponsored by Chevrolet and OnStar and will include different situations using the Chevrolet Volt which is one of the three electric vehicles that has decided to market in Connecticut next to BMW and Nissan electric vehicles. Both BMW and Nissan have decided to market their electric vehicles in Connecticut due to comprehensive work and aggressive campaign of the state’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council that was established by Governor Rell in 2009.
The main goal of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council is to increase the number of electric vehicles in Connecticut to 25,000 by year 2020, while main Council’s recommendation from its final report to the Governor includes a plan to create the conditions for new generation electric vehicles with zero-emissions. Some of Council’s recommendations in the final report also include attractive programs for consumers, car dealers and vehicle manufacturers, tax stimulations for individuals and businesses purchasing electric vehicles, and installation of charging stations at state institutions and attractions.