How to disable a BMW i3?
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 the disabling sequences will 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 BMW i3 which is either available as a pure electric vehicle or as an electric vehicle with an extended range (featuring an internal combusion engine to produce electricity).
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 disconnect switch) and the 12 volt battery in the front compartment.
The deactivation screen gives you step-by-step guidance on how to disable the vehicle. In case of the BMW i3 the vehicle needs to be switched off using the start/stop button, the 12 volt battery needs to be disconnected and the emergency disconnect switch should be utilized.
The start/stop-button is located on lever close to the steering column. It can be used to switch the vehicle off.
Covers in the front compartment need to be removed in order to get to the 12 volt battery as well as the emergency disconnect.
The 12 volt battery is well hidden within the front compartment. Knowing the approximate location from the vehicle overview drawing this photo will guide emergency responders to the negative battery terminal.
Another cover needs to be removed in order to get access to the emergency disconnect switch.
The emergency disconnect switch is colored orange, although it is not a high-voltage component.
The emergency disconnect switch can be unlocked and pulled apart in the direction of the arrow. It is activated when the hole is completly free. Service technicians use this hole to install a padlock to prevent unintended re-activation.