NYC Council to hold hearing on e-bike battery fires, advocates to rally ahead of meeting
The New York City Council is set to hold a hearing Monday on the fire risks that can arise from the batteries used by electric bikes and scooters.
The committee is expected to discuss various proposals. Some would require public education campaigns or safety reports. Another would prohibit the sale of some secondhand lithium-ion batteries, or e-bike or scooter batteries without certain seals of approval.
Anything relying on the end consumer to make better choices is doomed to fail. A guy making $22,000 a year running deliveries is not going to pay 20% more for a genuine battery, nor is the illegal shop out of the back of a minivan going to sell him one. You need to stem the flow at manufacture and import.
Just allow only city approved batteries for sale, make it come with serial marked and a visible approval sticker that must be display all times, bike and battery must be licensed, with x frequent inspections at city center. Would ppl fake the stickers sure. But if caught especially after a fire incident, massive penalties.
Last week, a fire caused by one of these batteries in a nearby high rise destroyed at least four apartments and the building's only elevator. Clearly some sort of safety regulations are needed here.