As electric vehicles become more prevalent on the roadways, first responders are facing new – and sometimes unknown – challenges when it comes to intense tasks such as the extrication of passengers trapped inside a car. Advanced Extrication, an online training resource for rescue workers, recently posted a video showing how rescuers should respond to vehicles like the Tesla Model S.

The best way to do such a video, of course, is to actually demonstrate the process, so Tesla donated a new Model S just so the Fremont Fire Department could tear it to shreds as the host explains some of the unique dangers specific to electric cars. The unfortunate demo car looks like it just came off the assembly line, meaning it is completely intact to begin with, but we wonder if it would have been more interesting to see how firefighters deal with the car's wiring and DC-DC converter (and other high voltage components) when the vehicle structure has been compromised.

Either way, the entire 37-minute video (posted below) goes in depth showing what rescuers face as they deal with a growing number of EVs. Of course, if all you want to see is the business end of the Jaws of Life going to town on the Model S' subframe, you should skip to the 27-minute mark.


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      Steve W
      • 1 Year Ago
      A few observations: I wish the high-to-low voltage module was hidden away with the motor. We would have no orange wires running around, and no worries. I think it's ghastly to ask a fireman to worm his way between two stuck/injured occupants to cut the dash hold downs in the center. It's a sad thing to watch such a lovely and unattainable machine get torn apart!
        MTN RANGER
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve W
        The Volt has it in an even worse spot, the right side of the front bumper.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      You\'ve got to love the way the flat earth society thinks nothing of how the 20 gallons of high explosive (gasoline tank) will react in an accident, but somehow thinks a pack of batteries will create an instant mushroom cloud if they get anywhere near it. We will all look back at these days of buying into the relentless bashing electric vehicles the same way we do the curmudgeons in 1904 complained that \"these self driving contraptions are scaring my horses!\"
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously, the first thing I read was "Watch Jews of Life..."
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      that hurt me
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll keep this in mind next time i tear apart a Model S with jaws of life.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It's a serious training video meant for educating first responders. The fact that we are able to watch, and glean some insight into the Tesla's remarkably strong construction is a pleasant diversion.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if there comes a time that the automakers agree to only house hi voltage stuff in particular pathways through the car so fire fighters know they can cut some area (on every electric car) safely, but have to be careful when reaching into another area. It seems that right now, they have to learn something new about every model.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        They have standardized on orange cables for high voltage at least. Mine run down the inside of the frame on the driver's side.
          Drakkon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Orange cable covers are great once you see them, what happens when you don't know they are there until the tools have cut through them? There is a bright orange cable inches from the door hinges on this car, inches from where a smashed car would be cut open. Would every fire fighter in america know where that box in on a Telsa? I think the automakers should keep those orange cables away from the most likely sources of entry used by rescue.
        fsfikke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        The relays in the battery make sure that no voltage is on those HV-Cables. So as long as nobody is turning one of the driven wheels very fast there is no additional danger from the HV cables.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is a video of Elon showing how the car can pull any piece of music you want: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBxLnstuXj4
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they did this to a Roadster the lie that it's a retrofitted Lotus would be exposed. The battery pack is as close to the motor as possible on Teslas to minimize power loss; no high voltage in the passenger compartment. :)
      John Griswell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is my super cut of just the destruction part: http://vimeo.com/61130510
      JP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sacrilege. I hope it was one that failed QC or something.
      Rukh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Passed this along to a first-responder I know. Hopefully more will see it through him.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good old Fremont, build on/next to a landfill
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