January 19, 2013 |
Chances are the same kind of battery that twice caught fire in Boeing 787 Dreamliners in recent weeks is in your pocket at this very moment. Lithium ion batteries, small and powerful, have become the electricity storage device of choice. They are everywhere -- in cellular phones, laptops, power tools, even cars. They allow us to talk, email and drill longer than ever possible in the past. But the incidents that led to the grounding of the 787 fleet worldwide, and the decision by Boeing on Friday to temporarily halt all deliveries of the plane, have highlighted a troubling downside of these energy-dense dynamos: their tendency to occasionally burst into flames.
February 15, 2013 |
After ongoing lithium-ion battery problems grounded the worldwide fleet of Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliners, European rival Airbus has scrapped plans to use the technology on its new jet. The A350 XWB wide-body passenger jets will instead use “the proven and mastered” nickel cadmium main batteries, the company said Friday. “Airbus considers this to be the most appropriate way forward in the interest of program execution and A350 XWB reliability,” the company said. The A350 XWB, set to enter service in 2014, seats 270 to 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts.
October 31, 2008 |
Computer makers are recalling 100,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony Corp. after 40 reports of overheating, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall applies to Sony 2.15Ah lithium-ion cell batteries made in Japan and sold in laptops made by Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and Toshiba Corp. Some incidents involved smoke or flames, according to Sony. Details, including laptop model numbers, are posted on the commission's website at www.cpsc.gov.
December 9, 2010
2011 Nissan Leaf Base price: $32,780 (before tax credits and destination charge) Price, as tested: $33,720 Powertrain: 80-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor; single-speed transmission with eco mode. Battery type: Laminated 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, 192 cells Horsepower: 107 Torque: 207 pound-feet Curb weight: 3,375 pounds Wheelbase: 106.3 inches Overall length: 175 inches EPA-rated range on a single charge: 73 miles EPA fuel economy: 106 city /92 highway mpg equivalent Final thoughts: Nissan defines revolutionary.
March 1, 2012 |
Justin Bieber turned 18 on Thursday and to celebrate, his manager surprised him with a Fisker Karma -- a $100,000 electric car whose sporty physique belies its eco-friendliness. Bieber's manager, Scott Braun, presented the Canadian pop star with the car on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show ," of all places. "We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you're on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly," Braun said as DeGeneres beamed in the background.
October 19, 2009 |
"Ride up steep hills without huffing and puffing!" "Hammer at 20 mph without breaking a sweat!" At the recent Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, an explosion of companies touted the Lance Armstrong-like powers of the electric bike -- a pedal-powered bike with an electric motor for extra speed when you need it. Although E-bikes haven't caught on in the United States as they have in Europe and Japan, makers say high gas prices, the obesity crisis, better...