Dreamliner, Volt Share Batteries, But Differing Safety Regimes
As Boeing Co. and federal regulators wrestle with the safety issues plaguing the launch of the Dreamliner 787 and its lithium-ion batteries, there are parallels with the experience of the auto industry but far more differences – due largely to the divergent approaches of government safety regulators.
In both industries, the introduction of lithium-ion batteries – as opposed to the more common nickel-cadmium battery — was driven by the quest for fuel efficiency and potency, since lithium-ion batteries hold their charge far longer and operate at a higher voltage.
Problems cropped up early on in both industries.
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