Short-Term Fix For Boeing Dreamliner Battery Issue

On January 7, 2013, a Boeing Dreamliner (787) aircraft’s lithium-ion battery caught fire and alarmed many people about the safety of lithium-ion batteries on board big airplanes. While Beoing is still trying to determine the cause of the fire, they’ve come up with a short-term solution…a new battery case.

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Video: Nearly 100 Renault Zoe EV’s Crashed In The Name Of Safety

What better way to start the week than with an EV crash test?

Last November saw the Chevrolet Volt came under attack from political conservatives who jumped on an NHTSA investigation into the Volt’s battery packs. Despite GM developing a “fix” for the battery fire, and the NHTSA giving the Volt the all-clear, the damage was done. So it is no surprise to me that after seeing what happened to the Volt that French automaker Renault has gone above and beyond normal crash testing, sending almost 100 of its Zoe electric cars into the wall…in the name of SCIENCE! Erm, I mean safety.

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Different Standards For Gasoline-Powered Cars Vs. EV's?

  Over at Plugin Cars Tom Moloughney recently wrote and article titled, “Hysteria Over Chevy Volt Fires Motivated by Politics”.

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Volt Catches Fire Three Weeks After Crash Test, Gov’t Now Investigating

The transition to electric cars is going to mean changes in everything, from where we fill up to how far we drive. It’s also going to require something of a learning curve, as unforeseen problems crop up. The U.S. government is investigating electric car batteries from all manufacturers after a Chevy Volt caught fire three weeks after an NHTSA crash test.

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