Thursday 14 August 2014

German rescue teams tested the carbon-fiber-cell of the BMW i3


German rescue teams tested the carbon-fiber-cell of the BMW i3

How safe is the BMW i3 in the worst scenario of a crash or other incidents? With the i3’s carbon passenger cell, the electric car is not only made of an exceptionally lightweight structure, but also an exceptionally robust chassis.
But how easy is it to free BMW i3 occupants after a serious accident?
A test conducted by ADAC and fire departments has shown that the light materials made of carbon fibers prove difficult for the rescue teams. This is due to the fact of carbon fiber behaving differently than the metals used in the making of cars in the past.
Dust in released in the air as the crew cut though the carbon fiber which the rescuers and car occupants must avoid inhaling small particles. To Avoid the inhalation, rescuers and occupants must breath through a dust mask.
When cutting through the carbon fiber panels, dust is also released in the air and in order to avoid inhalation of small particles, the rescuers and occupants have to breathe through a dust mask.

The electric drivetrain also plays an important role during the rescue operations since it brings the potential risk of high-voltage discharge. The rescuers need to know ahead of time where the separation point is located.
The overall conclusion of the ADCD study is that the passengers sand driver in an i3 can be saved just as fast as any other BMW car.
The ACDC have recommended that every driver of an i3 should download and print out a coloured copy of the rescue card which you should then place in your car. 

Having a visible rescue card will speed up the process and potentially save lives.

By Millie Davis

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