As e-bikes become more popular, it’s essential for owners to educate themselves on proper battery safety.
The growing popularity of e-bikes, mopeds, scooters and skateboards for both transportation and recreation has meant a growing danger of fires from improper storage and re-charging. In the first half of 2023, New York City alone reported more than a dozen deaths from more than 100 such battery fires.
The main culprit is low-quality batteries being left to re-charge unattended overnight. If they overheat, they can burst into a fire that is fast-moving and difficult to extinguish.
Most of us charge our laptops and phones overnight. But those have far smaller batteries than an e-bike or e-scooter, which should not be left to charge unattended. It usually takes between 2 to 6 hours to fully charge an e-bike or scooter battery, so leaving it plugged in overnight could be asking for trouble.
AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.