Dell laptop battery recall and the future of hybrids

You've most likely heard about the millions of laptop batteries that Dell needs to recall. Today I heard that this recall might affect the development of hybrid cars. Here's why, according to Michigan Radio. The recalled batteries are lithium-ion batteries and are being recalled because there's a chance they'll catch fire. This is bad enough in a computer, and worse in a vehicle. Since the next generation hybrids will likely use lithium-ion batteries, these batteries need to be safe. A battery that spontaneously combusts is not safe. Nonetheless, lithium-ion batteries are still likely to be used in hybrids; they'll just need to be given the once-over once more.
[Source: Michigan Radio/NPR]

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