A few days ago a Tesla Model S crash in Germany, on the A93 between Abensberg and Siegenburg, gave the local (volunteer) fire crew a chance to practice emergency recovery of a crashed electric car. What’s nice for the rest of us is they posted a writeup along with detailed pictures of what they did. The car was badly enough damaged the firefighters wanted to disable the battery pack. Tesla Motors has prepared these cars with stickers giving instructions to do so.
But before we get to that – it’s thankfully true that the driver of this car was not badly injured.
The Abensberg fire crew wrote that with an EV you don’t just turn off the key, there’s a high voltage system that must be disabled. Otherwise the firefighters would risk electrocution. That’s their words, and I suppose it means they’re ignoring the fire and explosion risk of gasoline, eh?
From the pictures we gather that Tesla Motors left procedure instructions inside the car using informational stickers. And that there are two or three places where cables can be safely disconnected. At least one of which involves using wire cutters to disconnect wires.
- Big advertising splash for GMC Hummer EV - January 30, 2020
- EU’s Green Deal means Romania risks losing 40% of electricity production - January 27, 2020
- Hyundai/Kia investing in Arrival to co-develop electric vehicle technology - January 16, 2020
- EV charging station costs can be reduced, says Rocky Mountain Institute - January 16, 2020
- GM’s Hummer jaw dropping electric pickup return a sign of shifting car industry - January 13, 2020
- Every plug-in vehicle has the right to access charging stations - December 28, 2019
- eVgo offers CHAdeMO fast charging to Tesla owners – UPDATE - December 20, 2019
- Trump intervenes to kill EV tax break extension for Tesla and GM - December 17, 2019
- 2012 is calling wanting its all-electric Mini Cooper SE - December 17, 2019
- eVgo offering fast charging to Tesla’s on non-Tesla charging station - December 15, 2019