We all know that crashes can happen in a Tesla Model S. What not all of us know is how to approach a smashed vehicle in such a situation. That's where a new video, Emergency Response To Electric Vehicles, with Brock Archer and Ron Moore from Boron Extrication comes in.

The training video, put together with the help of Tesla Motors, does not feature any spectacular crash footage (you can get that here) but does cover things like demystifying the dangers of an EV that has crashed in a puddle of water, the way an EV's body structure could fracture while being cut and the basics of electricity flowing through a circuit. It also discusses a few pertinent questions: How do the two electrical systems (12V low-voltage system and the high-voltage powertrain system) affect first responders trying to cut their way into the passenger cabin? Do first responders know all of the different ways an EV tells you if it is currently receiving a charge when it is plugged in? How can you locate the different types of batteries?

There's lots here that applies to all EVs in the 37-minute video, not just the Model S, so if you want to know more about how safe - or unsafe - they are after an accident, watch the whole thing below.



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      Joeviocoe
      • 5 Months Ago
      This video is Old... almost a year.
        Joeviocoe
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        http://www.gtspirit.com/2013/03/08/video-tesla-model-s-torn-apart-by-jaws-of-life/
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        It was even posted here on ABG over a year ago.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Does this blog have a stake in Tesla? Every other article is about their cars....
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          No. Tesla is the first new car company in 50 years. Everything they do is newsworthy compared to companies that have been around for much longer. Besides they are breaking new barriers daily. This one was a weird repeat however.
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Yep. Here you go: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/06/watch-the-jaws-of-life-tear-apart-a-tesla-model-s/
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am the Mike McConnell in the credits. You see me walk across in the end with my credits. No...we did not spend hundreds of thousands on that video. We spent a very small amount to create that video. We filmed it in two days and many donated their time. A huge shout out to the Fremont Fire Department. I had the honor of putting the Model S on its side. In regards to the 12V, we have a pyrotechnic fuse like other OEMs that blows upon impact and makes the system safe. And yes, the video is over a year old, but is relevant to our fleet of over 20,000 vehicles on the road. It annoys me when people talk about our car and are really clueless about our product. Go educate yourself!
      Spec
      • 5 Months Ago
      Damn . . . I've never seen the bottom of a Tesla Model S before . . . I'm impressed with the aerodynamics! Just nice and smooth.
        Nick Kordich
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Spec
        There are a few additional photos of the underside at the end of Edmunds suspension walkaround, which itself isn't all that new, but is also worth a look if you missed it the first time: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/track-tests/2012-tesla-model-s-signature-performance-suspension-walkaround.html
      m_2012
      • 5 Months Ago
      VERY slow news day.
      • 5 Months Ago
      This video cost a couple of hundred thousand dollars. Why isn't any other manufacturer doing the same? Hydrogen cars I imagine will be death traps. If I had the means I would buy an S Model.
        • 5 Months Ago
        People survived the Hindenburg. A Hydrogen bomb is not just exploding Hydrogen.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 5 Months Ago
      One detail they seem to forget, is that the 12v battery is just like any other car on the road.
        m_2012
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        I am sure first responders are used to those by now.
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