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  • Another electric vehicle bombshell: A new report from McKinsey indicates a third of all electric vehicle owners in Japan say they won't buy another with the nation's infrastructure not yet ready to support a network of charging stations. Sluggish sales and the looming threat of federal subsidies getting pulled away seems to have more major automakers subtly shifting their focus toward hybrid production instead of pure EV. [View news story]
    Due to driving patterns, hybrids make sense in USA and electric or hybrid in Europe. An electric car in LA makes the least sense of any idea!
    Mar 22 11:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Boeing's (BA -0.6%) lithium battery problem looks to be just a bump in the road for electric car investors, says Seeking Alpha contributor Randy Carlson. But, if they prove to be a fire hazard because of a fundamental flaw, the bleed-over has the potential to put electric vehicle programs at some major car companies in jeopardy. It's all a question design versus technology, and if it in fact winds up being a design flaw, those electric car makers with similar battery features could wind up big losers in the race for market share. [View news story]
    The Li battery in planes has Cobalt in the electrode. This is the most dangerous of the chemistries. Li iron phosphate is safer but less volts. That is why Boeing is not using it. Johnson Controls replaced Cobalt with Magnesium and Aluminum. Much safer.

    You either have to use anode safer than graphite, such as hard carbon, or reduce igniters in electrode. Once a fire starts, it's over.
    Feb 5 02:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment