Know how to lend assistance to an electric car involved in an accident becomes even more important with the diffusion of the different types of hybrid and electric cars High voltage must not be an impediment for professional rescuers (who are prepared to do it) and then for those who stop to provide first aid to the wounded. But what are they the basic rules and how to behave in the event of an accident with a battery car? In video below a team of USA firefighters shows how to intervene on the Tesla Model 3 giving some advice that can also be useful for many other electric cars.
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ORANGE MEANS HIGH VOLTAGE: EYE
The first thing to do is locate the ad components high voltage and in the Tesla Model 3 it's the battery on the floor, the DC-DC converter in the back of the car, and the high voltage wires. Then there's the heater in the center of the front area of the passenger compartment, and the air conditioning compressor in the area in front of the passenger. Sure you're wondering if anything these components will be in the same place for all cars. Probably not but knowing that the color orange marks high-voltage cables you will also be able to locate them more easily. It's curious to find out how Tesla on the Model 3 has placed high voltage parts so keep them thereaway from extraction points useful for firefighters. Note that in the video below the firefighters are careful not to crush, pull or shear the floor (where the battery is) and the center of the bridge (where the heater is). The charging socket is not high voltage unless the car is connected to the column. In this case, be aware that the high-voltage cable extends under the rear fender.