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March 14, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. said its planned fixes for the issues with its lithium-ion battery systems on the 787 Dreamliner passenger jet removes any related risk of a fire breaking out.   Speaking to reporters from Tokyo, Boeing officials addressed concerns about its new flagship jet, which has been grounded worldwide since Jan. 16 after two incidents within two weeks involving the battery systems. FULL COVERAGE: Boeing's troubled Dreamliner Boeing's plan to fix to the 787 battery system involves insulating and spacing out parts, reducing charging levels so the battery cannot be overcharged and enclosing the lithium-ion batteries in stainless-steel cases so very little oxygen can get at them.
May 8, 2010 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Yet-Ming Chiang relishes his 20-mile drive to work. His hybrid car gets more than 100 miles per gallon, recharges by plugging into a regular wall outlet and purrs so quietly that it's his favorite place for making important phone calls. But what makes Chiang's ordinary-looking beige Toyota Prius even more special is that it's powered by a breakthrough battery that he invented and is working to turn into the kind of high-tech, green, "Made in America" product that many see as the key to the nation's economic future.
November 15, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Fresh off of launching the Spark (sub) sub-compact car this past summer, Chevrolet has revealed details on the all-electric version the company will be debuting at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show. Chevrolet says the Spark EV will have 130 horsepower (100 kW) coming from an oil-cooled electric motor, a hearty jump from the 84 horsepower in the gas-powered car. Meanwhile, torque skyrockets to 400 pound-feet (better than a new Porsche 911 ), which Chevy says helps move this car from 0-60 in less than eight seconds.
May 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
In the spring of 2004 Raphael Domjan, a Swiss electrical engineer, conceived of a borderline insane idea -- to travel around the world aboard a ship powered entirely by solar energy. It would be an adventure and a statement. If he could do it, he would prove to the world that there are other alternatives to powering sea travel besides fossil fuels and wind. It would also demonstrate just what solar power is capable of. In 2008 he formed a partnership with German entrepreneur Immo Stroeher, who helped provide the funds to make this idea possible.
November 25, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
For General Motors Co., the Chevrolet Volt may be generating the wrong kind of spark. Federal officials on Friday launched a formal safety defect investigation into GM's plug-in hybrid vehicle after crash tests on several Volts and their batteries resulted in fires. In one case, a fire that started in one of the test vehicles consumed three others parked nearby. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was "concerned" that damage to the Volt's batteries sustained in tests designed to replicate real-world crash scenarios resulted in the vehicles' catching fire.
April 25, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
“These are not your grandma's Priuses.” So began Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Monday's press conference announcing Formula E racing was coming to the city. The open-wheel race series will make 10 stops around the world in its inaugural year, with L.A. expected to host a race in late 2014 or early 2015. Indeed, the cars used in these races are indeed nothing like Priuses. Capable of speeds up to 140 mph, race organizers said these fully electric cars are built to demonstrate to the public that EVs don't have to be boring or slow.
May 5, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Auto Critic, Los Angeles Times
The car: 2012 Mitsubishi i SE The power: 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque coming from a 49 kW AC synchronous electric motor that's powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. It routs power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The photos: 2012 Mitsubishi i The speed: 0-60 mph in a long weekend (13.4 seconds) The bragging rights: Cheapest and most efficient electric vehicle currently on the market. Expect a 62-mile range from a fully charged battery, which comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
September 11, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A small slice of Audi's future recently began testing on U.S. roads around the country, but if you look too hard for these prototypes, they'll probably drive right under your nose. That's because rather than spend precious development dollars on a uniquely-designed body that's more science experiment than it is a practical application, Audi went and hid an all-electric drivetrain under the skin of its well-known A3 hatchback. Jeff Curry, the head of Audi's electric vehicle strategy in the U.S., brought one of the 17 A3 e-tron prototypes to Santa Monica this week for a few hours of driving.
August 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sony Corp. will invest about $372 million to boost its output capacity of lithium-ion batteries amid growing global demand, the company said Monday. The move highlights the intensifying push by several firms for dominance in the booming market for the rechargeable power sources commonly used in mobile phones, laptop PCs and digital cameras.
May 22, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
In a move that could help promote development of batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the U.S., California's Tesla Motors Inc. plans to announce a $43-million, two-year deal this morning to supply electric-car batteries to Think, a Norwegian manufacturer of low-speed, electric "city" cars. The deal is expected to bring San Carlos, Calif.
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