....and the sale of A123 battery to China...
Boeing has no choice. These batteries have to be replaced with the older more stable batteries. No choice!
These guys at Boeing are suppose to be engineers. They surely would have known.
These things have been igniting or exploding since their inception. If they’re shorted or their internal cell walls leak, they can cause catistopic failures.
There are research success's and indications that these batteries may eventually be constructed in a size that is necessary for the Volt or 787 to met specs, but they don't exist now.
I understand a replacement battery for a Tesla is 40K.
That’s about what I’ve paid for all the cars I have owned.
(and I’m an old fart.)
Just as we have been forced to abandon DDT, Nuclear Energy, Freon (Foam on the Space Shuttle Main Tank) and other common sense technology for lesser and even deadly substitutes we have here, another casualty of the progressive agenda.
I will add that I think the Dreamliner will be the best commercial craft ever conceived after they shake out the issues. It’s hull is made of composites that are far stronger and lighter than anything to date and it’ll save a huge amount of $’s in fuel costs. Carbon is an AMAZING compound - guess that’s why God invented it and used it to create us...
I remember seeing Boeing’s commercials about the Dreamliner for years and years. It seemed to emphasize globalism, diversity, and environmentalism. It kind of gave me the feeling that something like this would happen. And...sure enough.
Good Grief!. The Volt and Karma problems were easily solved. How many ICE cars have caught on fire?
Just the wrong batteries for the job:
The lithium ion batteries installed on the Boeing 787 are inherently unsafe, says Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and owner of electric car maker Tesla.
“Unfortunately, the pack architecture supplied to Boeing is inherently unsafe,” writes Musk in an email to Flightglobal.
“Large cells without enough space between them to isolate against the cell-to-cell thermal domino effect means it is simply a matter of time before there are more incidents of this nature,” he adds.