In line with the nation’s aspirations of becoming an energy efficient vehicle (EEV) hub, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has engaged the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) personnel with its High Voltage Vehicle Introduction Training.
The first of its kind, the training imparted relevant technical and practical know-how to handle emergencies involving hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs).
“MBM has been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the nation’s ambitions of becoming an EEV hub.
“We are very happy for this opportunity to work with our national heroes from Bomba to put in place a crucial support system, thus creating a conducive ecosystem for EEVs and drivers,” said MBM president and chief executive officer Dr Claus Weidner.
A total of 40 Bomba personnel were immersed in a full day of training which covered both technical and hands-on experience to safely deal with hybrid and electric vehicles in the event of an emergency.
Participants were introduced to HEVs and PHEVs in the form of the Mercedes-Benz S400h, C350e and E350e at the MBM Training Academy in Puchong.
The training was guided by six key learning pillars – ensuring Bomba personnel are able to describe the types of high voltage systems available in motor vehicles, identify high voltage components located in HEVs and PHEVs, and describing the Mercedes-Benz Post Safe features in HEVs and PHEVs.
Participants were also trained on how to utilise the Mercedes-Benz Rescue Assist app, whereby first responders are taught to locate and scan the QR code, and through the app be able to read available information about the specific vehicle, perform safety handling procedures on a high voltage vehicle and battery, as well as describe the different high voltage operating modes.
Besides conducting the High Voltage Vehicle Training, MBM also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), aimed at fostering closer working ties between MAI and MBM.
Consequently, the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Programme will be accredited by MAI.