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Mitsubishi Motors Collaborates With the NFPA to Conduct Electric Vehicle Safety Research

The FINANCIAL — Mitsubishi Motors North America – through its wholly-owned subsidiary Mitsubishi Motors Research & Development of America, Inc. (MRDA) – recently donated a Mitsubishi i-MiEV 100% electric-powered vehicle and provided important technical assistance to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide critical electric vehicle (EV) rescue and extrication training to fire and rescue personnel.

This donation marks the first time in the United States that a vehicle manufacturer has provided an all-electric vehicle to the NFPA for such purposes.

As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, the development of proper training materials and exercises is vitally important to the safety of fire and rescue professionals as well as the occupants inside the electric vehicle. As Mitsubishi Motors North America reported, with the donation of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and key technical support provided by Mitsubishi Motors Research & Development of America, Inc. (MRDA) to the NFPA, the organization was able to conduct potentially life-saving research and data acquisition to help develop proper safety protocols in areas including extinguishing fires, rescuing occupants from within the vehicle and using rescue tools properly in extrication tasks to avoid high-voltage wiring and EV-specific hardware and systems.
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