Photo from a test by the Fire Research Institute
17 Mar 2023

New York bans E-Bike lithium batteries not labelled by national safety inspection


New York City has taken steps to ban the sales of all so called Micro Mobility batteries, lithium batteries for E-Bikes and E-Scooters, which have not passed national safety inspection. 


CTIF.org follows the discourse on lithium battery fires. Read more here


According to an article on TheCity.nyc, the New York City Council on Thursday passed a slate of bills in an effort to prevent lithium-ion battery fires. Some of the bills in the package restrict what kinds of batteries are available to buy in the state. Others parts are meant to improve education about the dangers of lithium-ion batteries and the proper use of e-mobility devices. (Primarily E-Bikes and E-Scooters, but also other devices like hoverboards, etc).

One bill limits the sale or rental of e-bikes and e-scooters, and also the lithium-ion batteries that power them, to those brands and products certified by a nationally recognized fire safety organization. Those who break the rules -  and this includes both the sellers and the users of the products — could be fined up to $1,000. The bill would take effect six months after it becomes law.

A second bill forbids the sale of repurposed second hand batteries that have been rebuilt with cells from other used batteries.

According to an article on Electrotek.co, a new law has already been passed by the New York City Council which will ban the sale of electric bicycles, electric scooters, and other electric mobility devices which are not UL-certified. 

The law is expected to be signed by New York City Mayor Eric Adams in the coming days, and was developed in response to a large increase in house fires caused by the type of lithium-ion batteries used in many electric mobility devices.

An article on Pix11.com references statements from the City Council, claiming over 200 fires in New York City were connected to lithium-ion batteries in 2022 alone.


Photo Credit: Video screen shot from a fire test performed by the Fire Research Institute