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The USPO bans shipment of devices with lithium batteries overseas. Xavier Chevin is driving across Africa in an EV. Audi designs it own electric bicycle with a brain. Telsa starts Model S deliveries in June. Aptera's three-wheeler gets a second chance and a trio of Czech designers build a 'corker' of an EV.
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USPO BANS LITHIUM-POWERED DEVICES
Lithium-ion batteries are some of the most powerful energy storage technologies we currently have available to us. If it’s a portable electrical or electronic device, it likely now has a lithium battery in it. Being fairly powerful, although still a fraction of the energy content of petroleum, lithium can have its dangerous side. It’s suspected of causing fires on shipping docks and onboard two commercial cargo jets, causing both to crash. A recent U.S. government study predicts that fires caused by lithium batteries will cause, on average, one cargo jet liner crash per year.

In response, starting May 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service will no longer accept electronics with lithium batteries for shipment overseas. The list of prohibited items is displayed on the above chart.

The ban does not, however, apply to commercial package delivery services UPS, FedEx or DHL, who have not issued similar bans, as yet. Since many electronic devices are assembled overseas for sale in the United States, one wonders how long the ban will be effect since it effectively deprives the cash-strapped Post Office on needed revenues.

VENTURI-ING ACROSS AFRICA
In 2010, Xavier Chevin, along with Géraldine Gabin drove an all-electric Citroen Berlingo from Shanghai to Paris. The 14,000 km journey across China, Mongolia, Russia and into Europe took months, and eventually led to the couple splitting up. But they succeeded where an earlier French expedition in the 1920s failed.

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