Firefighters at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened the hatch of a burning Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner this week to encounter a hazard from something almost ubiquitous in modern life: lithium-based batteries.
Regulators are considering an about- face that would exempt U.S. cargo airlines from new international restrictions on shipping lithium batteries, which have been linked to three fires that destroyed aircraft.
Tougher safety tests of lithium-ion batteries that were implemented after Boeing Co.’s 787 was approved remain inadequate to ensure that the power packs won’t overheat in flight, a U.S. investigation has concluded.
U.S. auto-safety regulators are examining the safety of lithium-ion batteries that power all plug-in electric vehicles after a General Motors Co. Chevrolet Volt caught fire, people familiar with the probe said.
Airbus SAS will seek permission to fly its new A350 jet with more advanced lithium batteries only after first using a standard nickel-cadmium model in a bid to secure faster approval, said the program director for the A350.
A Chinese satellite detected an object in the southern Indian Ocean that’s almost the width of an Olympic-size swimming pool, giving renewed impetus to the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared more than two weeks ago.
General Motors Co., maker of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid that is the subject of a federal safety probe, is moving to a less volatile battery chemistry for its Chevy Spark electric car going on sale in 2013.
Of all the scarce and precious resources in Manhattan, outdoor electrical sockets are not the first to spring to mind. Unless you’re driving Mitsubishi’s all- electric i-MiEV. In which case, sooner or later, you’ll be struck by the thought: Where am I going to plug this gizmo in?