These days, you don't need to be an engineer to know what a
lithium-ion battery is. Half the country now knows that lithium-ion
chemistries played a role in fires aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
The term has been used in newspapers, on television news programs,
and on tens of thousands of websites around the world.
So it's probably inevitable that much of the public is now making
the connection between Boeing's fires and electric vehicles. And
news organizations are helping make that connection.
A recent NBC News story asked whether Boeing's woes
would "short-circuit" electric cars. Numerous other news sites have tracked the stock market effects of the
debacle on electric vehicle manufacturers. And a Chicago Tribune story about imported products even used a
graphic depicting burning bread in a toaster with Boeing's name on
it. A caption under the photo asked, "...what might be expected of
lithium-cobalt oxide batteries?"
If all of that is beginning to sound like an indictment of
lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
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