Wreck Your Prius? Call in the Hazmat Team
The Emergency 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.