How to disable a Tesla Model S, using the Crash Recovery System?
Here are a couple of screenshots showing the Crash Recovery System (in this case from iCRS for the Apple iPad) in use. The screenshots clearly indicate how to disable the selected vehicle. Keep in mind that every vehicle is different and disabling sequences also vary from vehicle to vehicle. Having a database with vehicle specific knowledge at hand will make your life much safer and easier.
When opening a hybrid or electric vehicle in the Crash Recovery System, an information screen will open to inform you about the type of propulsion system and the type of high-voltage battery used. In this case, we have selected the Tesla Model S electric vehicle.
The vehicle graphic is the central point of information. The graphic shows a top and side view of the vehicle, indicating the location of all rescue-relevant vehicle components.
Zooming into the graphic will allow you to identify special points of interest. Here you can see the emergency disconnect symbol (emergency cut cable) and the 12 volt battery on the right-hand side of the vehicle close to the firewall.
The deactivation screen gives you step-by-step guidance on how to disable to vehicle. In case of the Tela Model S responders should cut the cable that is indicated by the 'emergency disonnect symbol' in the front trunk.
Clicking on the link or the 'emergency disconnect' symbol will also open photos that illustrate what you need to do.
This photo shows how the cable looks like with the cover removed. Cutting the cable will disable the high-voltage system as well as the restraint system of the vehicle.
The battery of the Tesla Model S is mounted in the front trunk. Access to the battery is difficult. Therefore Tesla has installed the emergency disconnect cable.