Elon Musk Was Right About Boeing


When Elon Musk offered to helpBoeing with the 787's high-profile battery problem, it looked like a publicity stunt. Now it looks as if Musk may have been right all along in his assessment.

In a late January interview with the car site Edmunds.com, Musk called the 787's battery pack "inherently unsafe" for how it packs lithium-ion cells close enough together to create a "domino effect" that could lead to just the sort of electrical fire that forced a Japan Air Lines 787 to make an emergency landing last month.

Now The Wall Street Journal reports that Boeing is working on a new battery design that would include more space between cells. Point, Musk. And possibly, point to Tesla Motors , which already licenses its electric powertrain technology to Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.

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