ICC students get training experience

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Updated: 4/26/2013 11:16 am
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) - ICC's Automotive Technology students on Thursday had a special opportunity to pop the hood of some electronic vehicles. 

For at least one student, it was his first opportunity to get hands on experience with the hybrid vehicles that have become increasingly more popular.

"Just the capability of these hybrids and how far they can actually go now without ever using any gas," said student Blake Basting following his experience working with a hybrid.

Program Director Brad Crowler says it is important to train his students on hybrid cars to prepare them for what lies ahead once they enter the workforce. 
Thursday's training was made available as a result of a number of local dealerships that provided several cars.

"Mild hybrids, we've got full hybrids, we got an electric car that is behind me right here that's got a range extender the Chevy Volt. So I am just trying to get these guys ready for what's in the industry and what they are going to be seeing once they start working on these cars," said Crowler.

Crowler says it's also important to put a big emphasis on safety when working with electronic cars.

"Before we can do anything on these vehicles we have to cut off the power source," said Basting.

"We're talking high voltage battery here upwards of 300 to 600 volts so there's a potential risk for injury or death working on these cars. So they really need to know the safety procedures behind working on these cars." 

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