Volt fires

  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Gird yourself: It's possible we're about to see a new wave of attacks on electric cars that ignore battery science. This time the culprit is the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The FAA has grounded all 787s after a string of fires in their lithium-ion battery packs; other countries have done the same. Which has led at least one supposedly authoritative commentator to say that Boeing is having the same battery problems as those "that have shown up in electric cars." The problem is that the two types of batteries are, in fact, quite different. Here's the offending quote, from Paul...

  • GM CEO Dan Akerson at the Volt battery fires hearing
    Volt Hearings: Volt Is Safe, NHTSA "Acted Proportionally"

    "Although we loaded the Volt with state-of-the-art safety features, we did not engineer the Volt to be a political punching bag. Sadly, that is what it's become." That's how General Motors CEO Dan Akerson described the furor surrounding the Chevrolet Volt battery fires. A pack demolished in NHTSA...

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