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HYBRID MAINTENANCE: High-voltage gasoline-electrics need carefully trained mechanics

"The dealership mechanics 'are the only people I know that know anything about working on' the hybrids, said Henry Lister, 50, a Chapel Hill, N.C., resident who owns a 2001 Toyota Prius. 'My mechanic said, "It looks like fun, but I'm not working on it."'

Bill Oddo, a Toyota technician, said the main difference between working on a Prius and a standard sedan is working around the high-voltage cables. A regular car battery carries 12 volts. A Prius battery sends out more than 270 volts, enough to stop a heart.

While instructions are available via the Internet or through written materials, training is offered only to Ford, Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. dealership technicians and some fleet partners."


Cars are getting ridiculously complex. Hybrids are the next big thing, and each one has a high-voltage battery that could easily electrocute anyone fishing around in the engine bay without the right information about what they're doing. Nomad Expert Technician System allows service techs to have all the information they need about any type of vehicle while keeping their hands free and their eyes on what they are doing.

Thanks to rkellen.

DANGER: High Voltage!


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