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.

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k1lk1
k1lk1
52 · 23 days ago · Reddit

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.

KaiDaiz
KaiDaiz
17 · 23 days ago · Reddit

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.

CherryColaCan
CherryColaCan
17 · 23 days ago · Reddit

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.

TwilitSky
TwilitSky
13 · 23 days ago · Reddit

I'm in favor of e-bike battery fires and demand an end to this hearing! *slams table*