Luckily e-bikes and e-scooters are still somewhat rare.
NEW YORK – A five-alarm fire erupted in the Bronx Sunday morning after an e-bike inside a grocery store caught fire. Firefighters spent hours extinguishing flames on East 180th and Grand Concourse. Seven people were injured — five firefighters, one EMS worker, and one civilian.
FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh says that there have been more than 400 fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in New York City over the last four years and just this year alone, there have been more than two dozen fires, resulting in two deaths.
“It is a crisis,” said New York City Council member Keith Powers. “It’s a full-blown crisis.”
Although fire crews responded to the fire in less than four minutes—the ion lithium battery shot out searing flames so quickly, igniting the old, aged lumber, it had already spread out of their control.
“It’s really something that we have never seen before,” said John J. Hodgens, Chief of Department.
In response to the rash of fires sparked by lithium-ion batteries, the city council is now stepping in, hoping to curtail the problem.
When they replace ALL the gas powered motorbikes and motorcycles, and all the small gas engines are replaced with battery power, then it’ll be interesting.
Lithium batteries are the wrong technology for their EV revolution.
The e-bikes are all over the place down here. God’s Waiting Room, indeed.
One argument (defending lithium) I’ve heard hammers on the low percentage of the lithium batteries that have exploded or burned.
Perhaps so. But considering the great difficulty in extinguishing lithium fires and the corrosive and toxic property of the combustion products, I have to ask one question.
I have a large jar with 10,000 jelly beans in it. Fifteen are poison and will kill you. How many randomly selected candies do you want?
Lithium ion technology exists as an excuse to totally end the use of oil for fuel. Once the petroleum industry is dead and beyond resurrection they will ban LiON batteries…for our safety. It’s all part of the plan to kill 90% of us. Destroy modern technology and most people will die.
Hate to say it, but …
Fits the facts.