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September 27, 2023

How to Fight Lithium-Ion Battery E-Bikes Fires

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New York City’s law preventing the sale, lease, or rental of e-bikes that do not conform to safety standards has gone into effect. It’s an important step toward curbing the deadly lithium-ion battery fires that have plagued the city. It is not the only step that can or should be taken.

The City Council has been aggressive in its approach, particularly with battery storage and certification requirements and a battery trade-in program. But a holistic approach — that includes increasing awareness of the problem — must be part of the solution.

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