NBDA and HPS seek comment on e-bike battery incidents

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IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association and consulting group Human Powered Solutions are asking retailers and suppliers to participate in an investigation into electric bicycle lithium-ion battery incidents.

Both organizations have been active in educating retailers and the industry on e-bikes and the safe storage and handling of batteries. The purpose of the survey is to provide in-depth insight into the issue and possibly expose trends that retailers and the industry can take advantage of.

“NBDA and Human Powered Solutions are working hard to document and understand all of the circumstances surrounding potentially hazardous incidents involving e-bike lithium-ion batteries,” Mike Fritz, HPS technology manager, said in an email to NBDA. industry. “Your experiences in this regard are critically important to this effort, and we deeply appreciate your sharing your experiences. A better understanding of the issues will result in better advice to minimize risk.”

The NBDA and HPS are working together to educate retailers and the industry about the growing safety concern created by the increase in consumer purchases of e-bikes and scooters that use lithium-ion batteries. Both organizations say there is a need not only for independent testing, but also for an information campaign aimed at retailers, providers and the public to educate them about safe charging and storage protocols.

In addition to the survey, the industry has access to a series of fall roundtables on e-bikes and best practices from retailers. The first two events took place earlier this month and the next two take place in November with an update from Fritz on the safe storage and handling of lithium-ion batteries on November 4 and November 18, a webinar on certifications specific to e-bikes. and Education. The full list of series is available on the NBAD website.

Recordings of the first sessions of the fall webinar series, as well as the spring series the NBDA hosted earlier this year, are available on the NBDA’s YouTube channel.

In addition to the webinars, the NBDA has made materials prepared by HPS available to its members. They include information on safe in-store storage and recharging and consumer materials on safety. These are available to NBDA members in the NBDA Member Resources section.

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