After 1.5 years of service with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, the Airbus A350 is quietly proving the worth of a technology that suffered from serious teething pains on other aircraft. Along with the recently certified Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter, another turbine-powered aircraft using the batteries, the A350 may herald a broad adoption of Li-ion in civil aviation. Noteworthy will be Boeing’s upcoming choice for its code-named New Midsize Airplane. For Li-ion batteries, the road ...


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