Lithium-Ion Batteries Causing More Damage to Electric Scooters and Bikes

By Anshula Mandaokar , 17 March, 2023

After a massive fire in a faulty scooter in the New York City recently, the U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres introduced a federal legislation in a way to avoid fires caused due to lithium-ion batteries. The surveillance footage showed the Sunday’s blaze that happened in New York City was ignited by a charging battery that suddenly burst into flames. It is the latest news regarding string of fires caused due to lithium ion batteries.

The battery literally exploded into massive fire, neither a slow burn nor a small amount of fire. According to reports, FDNY commissioner Laura Kavanagh said, “the fire was tremendous as soon as it happened and was very difficult to extinguish making it more dangerous.” As per the data, the lithium-ion batteries have already caused 30 more fires in the New York City in 2023, killing 2 people and injuring 40. And it is more than the total of fires related to battery in 2019. In the year, 2022, the FDNY attributed 216 fires to faulty batteries making it need of an hour for better regulation and safety standards.

According to the recent survey, electric scooters and bike batteries are a fire hazard. Introduced by Rep. Torres, “Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act” would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish a final standard of consumer product safety for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in personal mobility devices like electric bikes and scooters. Also, the FDNY has also published safety tips for smooth handling and usage of lithium-ion batteries.

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Anshula Mandaokar

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