It's been an unfortunate week for battery fires.
The New York City Fire Department issued a warning on its Twitter account
last week following four e-bike (or e-scooter) fires in the span of just two days, BRAIN reported
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To be clear, eMTBs were not responsible for any of the four fires. While they've all been officially classified as e-bike fires, the culpable vehicles appear to have been one e-motorbike of sorts
, a scooter
, and another scooter
, whereas the largest one
started on a shelf where several e-bike, scooter, and other micro-mobility batteries were stored.
Low-end e-bikes and other e-mobility vehicles have a much higher chance of exploding or catching fire than high-end batteries like the ones used in most eMTBs because they're more likely to have manufacturing defects.
Three of the fires took place in Manhattan, while the fourth happened in Brooklyn. The largest fire, which seems to have involved several batteries, claimed two buildings, injured seven people, and took more than 100 firefighters two hours to control, according to nydailynews.com
. The tenant reportedly built and repaired electric skateboards, bikes, and scooters.
The three other fires injured a total of five people, and each seems to have resulted from a battery that exploded. It's unclear whether those batteries were charging improperly, stored improperly, or otherwise misused.
This news comes on the heels of last week's Florida bike shop fire
, which was sparked by an e-bike left to charge unattended.
Find more information on lithium-ion battery safety in this BRAIN article
and this e-bike battery charging guide