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Approximately none of the recent 'e-bike fires



 The New York City Fire Department’s warning last week on the dangers of lithium-ion batteries — combined with a fire at a Florida bike shop, apparently caused by a charging battery — caught the industry’s attention and shined a brighter light on the topic of battery safety.To get more news about volt electric bike, you can visit magicyclebike.com official website.
But some of the industry’s leading experts on e-bikes would like to point out that none of the New York fires occurring April 20 and 21 involved an e-bike — at least not according to how most members of the specialty bike industry define “e-bike.” To get more news about how much does an electric bike cost, you can visit magicyclebike.com official website.

Inside the industry (and according to federal regulations) an e-bike has pedals and an electric assist motor. Electric scooters and electric motorcycles don’t have pedals. But outside the industry, fire officials and the mainstream media don’t seem to see the distinction. Many of the most tragic battery fires in the city in recent years have originated with electric scooters, including at least four of the five fires last week.
Now, some fires certainly originate with e-bike batteries and some e-scooter batteries are probably safe. But the mainstream e-bike industry has developed regulations, standards, education programs, a generic e-bike owners manual, and a battery recycling program. There is no evidence the low-priced e-scooter industry has done the same. To get more news about bluetooth bike speaker, you can visit magicyclebike.com official website.

Pizzi leads the PeopleForBikes e-bike committee and is chief commercial officer of Alta Cycling Group. He's been a champion of e-bikes for years. Every time he hears the term “e-bike” used to describe a low-priced e-scooter, he sees trouble ahead for the mainstream e-bike industry. 

“This is exactly the challenge we have as an industry. We are working hard to be responsible, with third-party testing and working with UL standards and developing battery recycling programs … then we have rogue companies that bring in electric scooters from China without any kind of regulations, and it creates a bad image.”

Pizzi suggests that retailers and consumers only buy e-bikes that have been certified by third-party testing labs, to the UL standard or other relevant standards. “All they (retailers) have to do is ask the brand to provide proof of the testing,” Pizzi said.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in both expensive and cheap e-mobility vehicles. The challenge is educating the industry and consumers about the difference, said e-bike industry consultant Mike Fritz. He said Panasonic, LG, and Samsung cells are the best, safest, battery cells. He doesn't recommend cells coming from China.

“I don’t think people have made the connection between below-par battery packs and the incidents of fires,” Fritz told BRAIN. “It’s obvious to me who’s looking at it all the time, and I’ve been predicting it,” he said.Fritz said a quality battery pack sells for about $300, so it’s unlikely that a complete bike that includes such a battery could retail for $800. 

“Now, whether or not that’s resonated yet with consumers, dealers, and the rest of the industry … I suspect the industry is starting to get the point. But we have more work to do to get this message out."There is no federal requirement that e-bike batteries meet any particular standard, leaving it up to the industry to self-police (with third-party labs).

Pizzi said the PeopleForBikes e-bike committee is monitoring the situation in New York, where low-cost e-bikes and e-scooters are popular with food delivery and messenger services.“We know FDNY is looking closely at this, and it’s possible they might adopt certain regulations at some point. We want to keep an eye on that because other jurisdictions could follow them,” he said.

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