Capitol Hill calls for increased safety measures for e-bikes. $25 million has been poured into New York City in hopes of preventing further deadly lithium battery fires.
“Many of these batteries are made in China and are of poor quality and can cause explosions and fires. They are dangerous,” said Senator Chuck Schumer.
A dangerous explosion caused by a lithium-ion battery killed four people, who lived above an electric bike repair shop on Madison Street, one of which occurred a few days ago.
On Sunday, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a $25 million emergency grant to New York City to help New Yorkers safely charge electric bikes, thereby saving lives. announced funding.
Many People use them to send their children to school, to work, to see the city and Many of our delivery workers rely on them to carry foods and other goods.
Delivery man Luke William Medina said the federal funding to building 173 outdoor e-bike charging stations in 53 NYCHA locations was essential.
“The delivery man can replace the battery so you don’t have to charge it at home,” he declared.
Lithium-ion batteries have caused more than 400 fires in New York City alone over the past four years, resulting in more than 300 injuries, at least 12 deaths, and damage to more than 320 buildings, according to the FDNY. said to have received These are fatal consequences of lack of federal regulation.
Senators say legislation currently being drafted could solve the problem entirely.
If passed, it would remove improperly manufactured batteries from the market and add another layer of protection.