Wreck Your Prius? Call in the Hazmat Team
Response Guide distributed to emergency medical service personnel by Toyota for
its Prius electric car states thus: "The Prius carries a high voltage system (about
300 volts), and its battery contains the highly alkaline electrolyte of the potassium
hydroxide solution. Careless handling of the damaged vehicle, therefore, may result
in electrocution or severe injury." Among the list of suggested "necessary items"
for proper response: insulated gloves, goggles, 20 liters of saturated boric acid
solution, red litmus paper and a class D fire extinguisher.