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Capacity building in petrol electric hybrids: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and the Malaysia Automotive Institute join hands

POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 05 June 2017

One point of contention in the automotive industry is that companies selling hybrid cars are not doing enough to build human capital in this new technology, where the new factor of high-voltage electrics and traction motor power packs that are huge when compared to batteries used to crank the petrol-engine vehicles.

That criticism is mostly a sour grapes reaction from brand owners who don’t sell hybrids in Malaysia.

After all, capacity building and education is a continuous process. Adequate capacity doesn’t happen overnight.

The main issue is how do Highway Rescue and Emergency services extricate persons from an electric petrol hybrid that has crashed with the driver and passengers trapped inside?

A short-circuit and electrical fire would be a probably outcome if a high-voltage cable is cut without first disconnecting the power pack from the traction motor.

UMW Toyota, the first company to sell hybrids in Malaysia under its Prius label, was also the first to start training Bomba personnel.

Now that Mercedes-Benz has also begunlocally assembling premium hybrid cars, it will also address that need for capacity building in petrol-electric hybrid cars.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is signing an agreement with the Malaysia Automotive Institute today (Monday, June 5) to fast track graduates of MAI’s various courses into Mercedes-Benz acclaimed Training Academy.

This is part of MBM’s commitment to play a pro-active role in supporting Malaysia’s progress towards its aspirations of becoming an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) hub.

Additionally, MBM will provide training and education to help emergency services personnel safely deal with Hybrid and Electric vehicles.

MBM, through its Training Academy, is conducting a training session for the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (BOMBA).

“Participants will learn where the high-voltage components are located in the vehicle, where the QR code is located, and how to safely handle high voltage vehicles after an accident, among others,” said MBM President and CEO Dr Klaus Weidner, in a pre-event press release.

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