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Are Batteries in Electric Cars Safe? Automakers are pressing ahead with plans for hybrids and electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, but at what risk?

Date: June 24, 2009
Authors: Kenji Hall and Ian Rowley
QUOTE: some experts are raising concerns about their safety. The worst-case scenario: thermal runaway, which can happen when a short circuit inside a battery sparks a chain reaction, causing overheating or a fire....The incidence can be higher for the products of less experienced battery makers.

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