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Mitsubishi Motors recalls Outlander plug-in hybrids for the third time

TOKYO (Reuters) - Mitsubishi Motors Corp <7211.T> said it is recalling over 6,000 Outlander SUV plug-in hybrids in Japan because of three software programming glitches, in the model's third recall since going on sale in January last year. The 6,517 cars were built between January and November at the company's Okazaki plant in central Japan, Mitsubishi said in a statement on Friday.

Overheating Dreamliner battery hit 660 Celsius: Japan govt

Japan said on Friday the battery in a Dreamliner jet that spewed white smoke last month could have reached temperatures as high as 660 Celsius (1,220 Fahrenheit). The figure came in an report released by the transport ministry after Japan Airlines grounded one of its Dreamliner planes when the smoke was seen outside the cockpit window during maintenance at Tokyo's Narita airport. It was the latest in a series of problems that have beset the aircraft, including a months-long global grounding over battery problems last year.

Japan 787 battery investigators look to latest overheating for clues to earlier meltdown

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese investigators probing a lithium-ion battery meltdown on a Boeing Co <BA.N> 787 jetliner a year ago are looking at an a battery that overheated on a Dreamliner in Tokyo this month to help unlock the cause of the earlier fire, an official from the Japan Transport Safety Board said on Wednesday.

LG Chem grabs patent on key battery part in Europe, Japan

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- LG Chem Ltd., the world's largest lithium-ion battery maker, said Wednesday that it has obtained a patent for its safety-reinforced separator (SRS), a key component of lithium-ion polymer batteries, in Europe and Japan. SRS serves a crucial process by using a thin coating of ceramic materials to increase the safety of batteries in electric vehicles by separating the negative and positive poles.

LG Chem grabs patent on key battery part in Europe, Japan

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- LG Chem Ltd., the world's largest lithium-ion battery maker, said Wednesday that it has obtained a patent for its safety-reinforced separator (SRS), a key component of lithium-ion polymer batteries, in Europe and Japan. SRS serves a crucial process by using a thin coating of ceramic materials to increase the safety of batteries in electric vehicles by separating the negative and positive poles.

In Boeing 787 battery probe, x-rays may offer clues to past incidents

By Alwyn Scott and Tim Kelly TOKYO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Investigators in Japan are studying x-ray images of a lithium-ion battery from when it left the factory, hoping these may shed some light on why it appeared to overheat on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet earlier this week. They will be looking for possible anomalies in the battery, which is made by Japanese firm GS Yuasa, and hope this could also help them resolve two similar battery incidents on separate 787 planes a year ago.

Blue Solutions shares jump in stock market debut

PARIS (Reuters) - Blue Solutions <BLUE.PA> shares rose nearly 30 percent above the issue price in their debut in an initial public offering that was more than 15 times oversubscribed, indicating strong investor interest in the French electric car battery maker. Blue Solutions set a 14.50 euro price tag for the stock, at the top end of a 12-14.50 euro range. It traded at 18.39 euros by 1215 GMT on Wednesday, for a market value of 530 million euros ($730 million). The stock touched a high of 18.64 euros.

LG Chem to mass produce cable batteries in the near future

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- LG Chem Ltd., the world's largest lithium-ion battery maker, said Tuesday that it will churn out cable batteries for IT devices in the coming years. LG Chem said it has completed the development of cable batteries optimized for wearable IT devices, which can bend and tie and still provide power. The company said it will mass produce them in a couple of years. The cable batteries use low power and produce less heat despite extended use, and have waterproof functionality, the company said.

Bolivia to launch lithium-ion battery plant

Bolivia will launch South America's first plant producing lithium-ion batteries next year using Chinese technology, authorities said Sunday. "We are talking about a launch in April or May when we will be producing lithium-ion batteries on a trial scale," said National Resources Management Board chief Alberto Echazu. Bolivia has vast amounts of the rare mineral key to producing the latest generation of batteries for laptops, watches, cameras and cars. President Evo Morales' government is keen to see the domestic economy benefit from producing batteries locally.

LG Chem to provide batteries to Japan's Softbank Mobile

By Nam Kwang-sik SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- LG Chem Ltd., the world's largest lithium-ion battery maker, said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Japan's second-largest mobile carrier to provide batteries starting this month. LG Chem said the batteries will be used as uninterrupted power supply (UPS) in 130,000 base stations of Softbank Mobile Corp. The UPS is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power to base stations when the input power fails.
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