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Nov 21, 2022
Buildings Are Banning E-bikes Amid Deadly Battery Fires (NYC)
Buildings Are Banning E-bikes Amid Deadly Battery Fires (NYC)
Some building owners, mainly in New York City, are clamping down on electric bicycles after a recent spate of damaging and deadly battery fires. Why it matters: E-bikes are surging in popularity, but the benefits they bring - lower emissions, easy transportation - are threatened by the growing toll of injuries and deaths from blazes sparked by their lithium-ion batteries. E-bike advocates link the problems to batteries that are poorly made, refurbished or improperly charged. New York has seen "an exponential increase" in battery fires this year, Daniel Flynn, chief fire marshal at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), said at a recent news conference. Driving the news: A terrifying fire in an apartment building on Manhattan's East 52nd Street this month sent 43 people to the hospital and forced firefighters to rescue a woman dangling from a 20th-floor window. The cause: An e-bike residents left charging by their front door overnight. In response, at least one large
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