Testing the safety of vehicles isn't a walk in the park. The process has to look at how safe vehicles are for their occupants in the event of an accident. The whole process itself ends quickly, but prepping for it takes quite a bit of work. From strapping in a dummy, to fitting cameras and install...
Tesla Teaches Firefighters To Rip Apart an EV The Safe Way [VIDEO]
Mar 08, 2013 16:31
For decades, firefighters have torn apart wrecked vehicles involved in serious accidents to rescue its driver and passengers. They know how to stay away from fuel lines and electrical components, but asides that, they pretty much had free range to slice up the cars as they saw fit.
But with the increase of hybrid and pure electric vehicles on the road today, the rescue techniques will have to evolve to adapt to the special requirements that these new age vehicles warrant.
Pure EVs don't have any fuel lines in sight, but it doesn't mean the job is made any easier. In fact it's more difficult to retrieve passengers trapped in an EV because of the multitude of high-voltage cables, as well as battery packs.
So Tesla released this lengthy video documenting the proper techniques using a Model S pure-electric sedan. Watch the video below, but if you're short on time you can skip to the part where the Model S is torn apart around the 27-minute mark.