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In the event of a fault, damage, or fire affecting an electric or hybrid vehicle:

1. Always remember that the high voltage battery, subsystems, and components are energised and fully charged.

2. The high voltage battery, cables, and exposed electrical component pose a potential risk of electric shock.

3. The fumes from the ventilated and/or released high voltage battery are potentially toxic and inflammable.

4. Physical damage to the vehicle or to the high voltage battery may result in the immediate or delayed release of toxic and/or inflammable gases and in fire.


Do not touch the high voltage orange cables or components, especially if damage has occurred. Doing so may result in electrocution which can cause burns, serious injury or death.

A damaged high voltage battery may be a fire risk. Make sure that the vehicle is placed under surveillance in a dedicated storage area if the high voltage battery is damaged. Failure to do so may result in a fire, which can cause burns, serious injury or death.


Never disassemble, remove, or replace high voltage components, cables, or connectors. Tampering with the high voltage system can cause severe burns or electric shock, which may potentially result in serious injury or death.

The high voltage cables and connectors are coloured orange for identification purposes and cannot be serviced. If maintenance or repair is required, always consult a retailer/authorised repairer. Failure to do so, may affect the vehicle’s warranty.

The electric vehicle system is insulated and protected with covers and shields. The result is that:

  • The high voltage system is insulated from the vehicle.

  • The high voltage system is protected from the environment.

  • Access is prevented to unqualified personnel.

The vehicle monitors the integrity of the electric vehicle system. If a fault is detected, the instrument panel displays a relevant warning message and may also illuminate a warning lamp. See ELECTRIC VEHICLE WARNING MESSAGES.