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PHOTO CAPTION: Boeing 787 Dreamliner uses high-energy lithium cobalt batteries, which are more susceptible to thermal problems.

Dreamliner Battery Chemistry Different From Volt, Other Electric Cars

The GS Yuasa cells in the 787 high-energy cobalt oxide (CoO2) chemistry similar to that used in cellphones and laptops, but also are more prone to overheating and thermal 'runaway,' writes John Voelcker.

Published: 18-Jan-2013

Gird yourself: It's possible we're about to see a new wave of attacks on electric cars that ignore battery science.

This time the culprit is the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The FAA has grounded all 787s after a string of fires in their lithium-ion battery packs; other countries have done the same.

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