Electric vehicle charging specialist Volta has launched a new service for displaying signage-based safety alerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Volta Response System - which has already been deployed in Huntington Beach, California - is designed to be “easily activated at the request of first responders and health officials.”

Speaking of the initiative, Volta CEO Scott Mercer said: "I asked our team for ideas on how we could help flatten the curve, and within days we had the Volta Response System up and running. Eighty percent of Volta's charging stations are by an essential service, which means they are perfect for distributing critical information to the community-at-large.”

Huntington Beach public information officer and firefighter Eric Blaska said: "Getting our signage on the stations, and in front of difficult to reach populations, was so simple. [The signage] survives the elements and looks beautiful 24/7."

According to Volta, the system is also designed for use in other emergency situations, such as wildfires, hurricanes and missing persons.

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