Airbus nixes lithium-ion batteries in A350

Feb 15, 2013 | 01:49 PM | Fleur Ritzema

Tags  Airbus, Boeing, lithium-ion batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, aerospace, Fleur Ritzema

LONDON — Airbus SAS has abandoned plans to use lightweight lithium-ion batteries in its new A350 airliners in the wake of incidents involving similar batteries on Boeing Co.'s Dreamliner aircraft.

The company will revert to using conventional nickel-cadmium batteries, technology already in use on existing Airbus models.

The decision comes as investigations continue into problems on two of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jets, which use lithium-ion batteries. ....

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