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Will Lithium-Ion Battery Fires in Boeing 787s Damage the EV Industry

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Earlier this month the lithium-ion battery used on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire whilst the plane sat idle at Logan Airport in Boston. A different Boeing 787 was then forced to land whilst flying over Japan. Questions were raised over the safety and reliability of the batteries and Boeing had to ground its entire fleet of state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliners.

People started to take more notice of lithium-ion batteries and it seems that they have had a past fraught with problems.

The New York Times wrote that “the lithium-ion batteries used on the aircraft had experienced multiple problems that raised questions about their reliability.”

USA Today reported that millions of laptop batteries have been recalled due to risks of fire or explosion; and in April 2011 a UPS plane crashed, killing both pilots, when its cargo of lithium-ion batteries started to burn
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