The challenges of 12volt power shutdown on hybrid and electric vehicles

Blog Post created by andrewklock Employee on Oct 25, 2012

As a follow-up to our recent blog post on hybrid shutdown, here is a video segment that clearly demonstrates challenges with 12volt power shut down on hybrid and electric vehicles.  In this training demonstration, a Lexus CT hybrid is shown completely functional.  As the camera rolls, the 12volt battery in the rear is disconnected.  As the camera pans across the rear of the vehicle, one sees that the parking lights and turn signals are still flashing; even with the battery disconnected.  Once back inside the hybrid, it is also clear that the instrument panel and the entire vehicle remains fully energized as well.


  Video courtesy of Moditech Rescue Solutions

As the hybrid and electric vehicle market continues to grow, these new hazards and challenges are presented to responders daily. Make sure you and your colleagues are prepared to respond to incidents involving high-voltage components. To learn more about the about shutdown procedures for hybrid and electric vehicles, take NFPA's EV Safety Training online now!