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‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

The EU’s energy chief has called for the creation of a Europe-wide consortium to support the battery industry— to prevent the EU “falling behind” in the race with China and other nations to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Maroš Šefčovič (pictured), the European Commission vice-president responsible for the ‘EU energy union’, said the bloc should invest in an “Airbus for batteries”— a consortium that he said could do for batteries what the European multinational does for the aircraft industry.

 

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Airbus to bring back lithium-ion batteries on A350

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:04 -- Editor
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Airbus will bring back lithium-ion batteries to its A350-900 from 2016 after removing the more advanced power sources from early production jets following defects on models used in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

The European aircraft manufacturer will switch back from nickel-cadmium batteries picked for the earlier planes. Airbus initially designed the A350 to use advanced lithium batteries, which are lighter than nickel-cadmium.

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