A Tesla Model S crashed at high-speed in the guardrails on the highway between Abensberg and Siegburg in Germany yesterday. Fortunately, the driver was reportedly (via Focus.de – German ) only “slightly injured” and her life was not in any danger.
What is particularly interesting about this crash is that the local fire department used the incident as an example of how to respond to an electric vehicle crash and even shared pictures on their website.
The Model S did not catch on fire and the driver was already freed once the firefighters arrived on the scene, so it was a perfect opportunity to take the time and explain to their colleagues how to properly handle high-voltage components:
“Since you can’t “just” remove the key from the ignition with electric vehicles, the high-voltage components had to be taken out of operation by the emergency services to ensure the safety of emergency personnel.”
The Abensberg fire department explains that it is fairly simple and that you simply need to follow the instructions on the vehicle and pay special attention to orange cables and components.
They shared a galley of pictures from yesterday’s crash on their website:
For more details, Brock Archer and Ron Moore, in partnership with Tesla, created a video to explain electric vehicles as they pertain to rescuers: