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Amman – Jordan: In order to prepare for the immenent launch of the new BMW i8 plug-in Hybrid sports car, Abu Khader Automotive, the official BMW Group importer in the Kingdom, conducted a rescue training session for the Directorate of Civil Defense on the revolutionary vehicle’s design and technology. The training took place at the BMW After Sales facility, located in Bayader Wadi Al Seer.
The aim of the training session, which was conducted by the Manager of the BMW After Sales facility, Mr. Muntaser Al-Assaf, was to train the 15 Civil Defense Directorate team to respond and assist in the event of an emergency.
The training session covered key areas to provide a thorough understanding of the vehicle’s concept – from design, production and technology, as well as an introduction to the LifeDrive architecture which comprises of two separate units: the Upper Life Module that consists mainly of a high-strength and extremely lightweight passenger cell made from Carbon Fiber and the Lower Drive Module which consists of a 100% aluminum construction that integrates the battery, electric motor, and suspension system.
The participants were also provided information on the deactivation of the High Voltage Battery system in case of any incident, in addition to being taken through a demonstration of the various points from where the vehicle can be opened should a rescue need to be carried out.
Commenting on the training session, Mr. Muntaser Al-Assaf said: “BMW takes the safety of its customers and emergency services related to accidents very seriously. With the BMW i8 being completely new vehicle concept in terms of design and technology – utilizes a High Voltage battery, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Body-shell as well as crash and structural functions integrated in to the aluminum drive module, therefore, it is important for emergency response units to be familiar with the car so that they are well equipped and know how best to carry out a rescue should an accident occur.”