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House passes bill to regulate lithium-ion batteries in E-bikes and scooters

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation mandating federal safety standards for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in e-bikes and scooters to prevent fires. The bill, sponsored by Bronx Rep. Ritchie Torres, passed with bipartisan support, 378 to 34, and now heads to the Senate.

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Torres emphasized the need for safety standards, citing the widespread use of electric micro-mobility devices. “We must ensure that the proper safety standards accompany this heightened usage,” he stated. The bill grants the Consumer Product Safety Commission one year to issue these standards.

Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Flynn advocated for the bill, highlighting that in 2023 alone, 268 fires caused by these batteries resulted in 18 deaths and 150 injuries. New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have introduced companion legislation in the Senate, but its timeline remains uncertain.