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Burning batteries threaten electric car industry

Published tisdag 4 april kl 10.49
Battery inventor: Safety is a definite priority
(6:43 min)
Fire fighters outside a Volvo facility in Sörred, Sweden.
Fire fighters outside a Volvo facility in Sörred, Sweden. Credit: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

A fire in a Volvo-owned battery lab has highlighted the growing pains of an industry that is looking to grow strongly in Sweden.

The fire, which broke out at a Volvo car plant outside Gothenburg on March 27, has reignited a debate about the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries are used to power everything from mobile phones to vacuum cleaners and electric cars. They are widely considered environmentally friendly, but there is a drawback: they are increasingly catching fire.

Hear how a Swedish woman outside New York is working to change that.

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