More Reported E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED 10/6/22

The e-bike industry and its trade associations are often quoted as saying e-bike fires are “a rare occurrence” or have gone so far as to point fingers at other industries. These organizations are more apt to use the sanitized phrase “a runaway thermal event” that is code for “the bike’s battery blew up in flames.” The list of e-bike factories, retailers and owners who have experienced meltdowns is indeed a small percentage of total e-bike factories, retailers and owners. That shouldn’t make you feel a lot better if you have an e-bike charging in your garage (or home or apartment).

Below our list of reported e-bike fires are common sense precautions an e-bike owner needs to adopt to reduce the chance of a fire and to limit the damage if a fire occurs. I urge every e-bike owner to read these suggestions and implement as many of them as possible. Finally, NEVER buy an e-bike that isn’t UL 2849 certified (or certified by an established third-party laboratory) no matter how good of a deal you think you are getting.

A LIST OF REPORTED E-BIKE FIRES

UPDATED 10/6/22: E-Bike Explosion Inside Mall Caught On Video.

UPDATED 10/5/22: Unattended Charging E-Bike Battery Ignites Fire In Bend.

UPDATED 9/26/22: E-Bike Catches Fire In Baltimore Apartment Garage.

UPDATED 9/26/22: Home-Made Electric Bike Suspected Of Lethal Apartment Fire.

UPDATED 8/21/22: Mill Bay Family Lose Home To Fire Caused By Charging E-bike.

UPDATED 7/21/22: Three, Including Firefighter, Hospitalized Due to E-bike Battery Fire.

UPDATED 7/20/22: Hero Firefighters Save Three From House Fire Ignited By Charging E-Bike.

UPDATED 7/11/22: E-bike Rental Business Total Loss After Battery Explodes.

UPDATED 7/2/22: Family Flees E-bike Fire.

UPDATED 6/24/22: High-Rise Fire Caused By E-Bike Prompts Safety Warning From Fire Fighters.

UPDATED 6/12/22: Modified E-Bike Battery Explodes, Killing One Man.    A follow-up report.

UPDATED 5/31/22: Charging E-Bike Battery Sets Fire To Building.

UPDATED 5/19/22: E-Bike Battery Fires On Pace To Double In NYC This Year.

UPDATE 5/15/22: Santa Cruz Bicycles Recalls Model Due To Fire Risk.

UPDATED 4/24/22: Trip To Whistling Duck Ends In E-Bike Inferno

UPDATED 4/19/22: E-Bike Battery Fire Destroys Bike Shop.

UPDATED 4/19/22: E-Bike Battery Explodes In North Vancouver Home.

UPDATED 3/30/22: Boy Rescued From Roof Of Burning Home Ignited By Charging E-Bike Battery.

UPDATED 3/29/22: E-Bike Battery Sparks House Fire.

UPDATE 3/26/22: Property Damaged Caused By Charging E-Bike Battery

UPDATE 3/21/22: Fire Erupts In Bayside Restaurant With E-Bike Storage

UPDATE 3/15/22: FDNY Takes On Two-Alarm Blaze.

UPDATED 2/10/22: House Fire Started By Exploding E-Bike Battery. (Note: It is not clear from the story if this is an electric-powered scooter or e-bike fire, but the same precautions apply when charging any electric-powered cycle.)

UPDATED 1/20/22: Homeowners Have Lucky Escape After E-Bike Exploded.

UPDATED 1/8/22: Massive Fire That Tore Through Bronx Building Sparked By E-Bike Battery

UPDATED 12/15/21: Fire Victim Charging Multiple E-Bike And Scooter Batteries Before Blaze.

UPDATED 11/25/21: E-Bike Causes Fire In Thornton Heath.

UPDATED 11/1/21: Everyone Thought The Warehouse Was Abandoned. Then It Caught Fire. (This story is about a lithium battery fire, not an e-bike fire)

UPDATED 10/20/21: E-Bike Fires Become Serious Problem In New York City.

UPDATED 9/17/21: Secutronic Technology e-bike explodes and burns.

UPDATED 9/15/21: Austin Hotel Fire Started By Charging E-Bike.

UPDATED 9/8/21: Charging battery explodes in front of owner’s apartment.

UPDATED 9/8/21: Super73 RX Controller catches fire. Note: This video documents the rider breaking multiple vehicular laws.

UPDATED 9/8/21: E-bike fire destroys Ocean Isle Beach home, significantly damages adjacent home.

UPDATED 9/2/21: Nine-year-old dies in fire caused by charging e-scooter. Note: I usually limit my postings to e-bike fires, but since there is so much e-bike owners can learn from this tragedy, I have posted it.

UPDATE 9/1/21: E-bike burns on the streets of New York while firefighters attempt to extinguish

UPDATED 8/23/21: E-Bike ignites outside London McDonalds

UPDATED 8/21/21: Oklahoma City Fire Department douses flaming e-bike battery in garage

UPDATE 8/17/21: NYC e-bike infernos: Scooter, e-bike batteries caused 55 fires, two deaths so far this year, FDNY

UPDATED 8/4/21: Eastbourne fire caused by e-bike battery.

UPDATE 8/4/21: The fire brigade believes the fire due to lithium-ion battery pack for an electric bicycle.

UPDATE 7/1/21: Urgent warning after spike in ferocious fires.

UPDATE 6/25/21: Finally, some vindication from Human Powered Solutions.

UPDATED 6/20/21: Family billed $32,000 after e-bike battery sparks house fire.

UPDATE 6/19/21: E-bike battery charger sparks fire in Wiltshire.

UPDATED 6/8/21: E-bike left on charge blamed after fire engulfs Sydney home.

UPDATE 6/7/21: Fires caused by e-bikes up 74.5% this year.

UPDATE 6/3/21: E-bike battery caused Springfield apartment fire.

UPDATE 5/27/21: Specialized recalls two popular e-bike models due to fire hazard.

UPDATED 4/20/21: E-tricycle catches fire near High School due to battery explosion.

UPDATED 7/20/20: E-bike’s battery explodes on city street destroying the bicycle.

UPDATED 5/1/20: Raw footage of exploding Lime Bike Battery on UW Campus.

UPDATED 4/20/20: Pedego Electric Bicycles shop in Dunedin, Florida, suffers fire.

UPDATED 3/27/20: Battery explosion kills 60-year-old rider.

UPDATE 1/15/20: Modified E-bike’s fiery explosion a warning.

UPDATE 10/21/19: Why communities can’t trust micromobility rental businesses.

UPDATE 10/17/19: Dutch insurers and fire fighters worry about increase in e-bike battery fires.

UPDATE 8/18/19: A sad story from CBS8 reports that Ocean Beach surfboard shaper Ace Elliot has lost his workshop to a fire that he suspects was ignited by his charging e-bike battery.

UPDATE 8/3/19: Lyft has removed their entire E-bike rental fleet from San Francisco after two bikes caught fire.

UPDATE 2/3/19: Forbes reports that it is “unusual for electric bikes to catch fire” in their report on Stella, a Dutch E-bike company that suffered three fires in seven months.

E-bike battery Fires Don’t Have To Happen

Lyft Pulls Rental E-bike Fleet After Battery Fires

Stella E-bike Company Suffers Third Fire In Seven Months

E-Bike Kit Fire Destroys Bike And starts Bush Fire.

DIY E-bike builder destroys family home.

E-bike Battery Fires Fans Flames Of Consumer Concerns.

E-bike fire sends two to hospital.

E-bike explodes in Newport Beach.

E-bike shop damaged by fire.

Homemade electric bike explodes on street.

Four, including baby, taken to hospital after e-bike catches fire.

Faulty electric bike charger caused garage fire, firefighters say.

Electric bicycle catches fire, sends flames up back of house.

Homemade Electric Mountain Bike Explodes.

San Francisco Apartment Fire Linked To Charging e-bike.

Authorities Sound Alarm On Fire Risks Posed By e-bikes.

E-BIKE FIRE TIPS YOU CAN USE TODAY 

1. Never leave a battery charging unattended. Day or night.

2. Don’t leave batteries on a charger once they are charged.

3. Don’t charge batteries near combustible or explosive materials.

4. Don’t charge a battery in a confined space like a motorhome, RV, boat, automobile, van or shed.

5. Never charge a battery that has been dropped, damaged or dinged.

6. Never charge a battery in a hallway entry/exit.

7. Never modify a battery.

8. Use only batteries recommended and approved by your bike’s manufacturer. Same with the battery charger.

9. Charge batteries on wire shelving with rollers. This allows an overheating or flaming battery to be quickly rolled away from structures.

10. If your e-bike makes a weird noise, feels hot, emits smoke or seems to be straining, stop riding. Do not load it in a car or put in the garage. Call 911. Any of these warning signs could mean a fire is eminent.

11. Look for the UL 2849 certified sticker on your next e-bike purchase.

 

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