Vehicle Exterior Badging 2013
The University of Extrication column for the February and March 2013 magazine is a two-part series on the exterior 'badging' found on new vehicles today. The first article explains that a new system has officially been established that sets guidelines for the names and vehicle identification markings found on the exterior and interior of cars.
Up until this point, there has been no 'standard' for what a car manufacturer puts on the outside of their hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric plug-in vehicle. In fact, beginning with the 2012 model year, GM is selling hybrids that do not have any exterior markings, called 'badging' to advise responders that the vehicle is a hybrid.
The organization called SAE, Society of Automotive Engineers, created a standard that greatly improves the badging that we will see on future models of these vehicles. I was able to serve on this committee as the fire service representative.
The first article of my series explains all about the SAE standard and how it can make a difference for us.
Part 2, the March article, is an all photo article. The images are shots of exterior badging on 2013 vehicles. Each image asks you as the reader to determine if that badging is on a gasoline/diesel vehicle, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an electric plug-in vehicle. The answers to the article will be posted here in mid-February for our University of Extrication readers. iPad readers of Firehouse Magazine will have an interactive version of the article available to them.
Here's a sample badging from the 'quiz'. What type of vehicle is it on?
Gasoline/diesel vehicle? Hybrid? Plug-in hybrid? or Electric plug-in vehicle?