E-bike fires, involving lithium-ion batteries, can be severe due to thermal runaway, releasing harmful substances and escalating with the oxygen released during combustion.
Those numbers are based on UK estimates of e-bike ownership and the 200+ fires that were determined to be caused by them in 2022.
Ensure the e-bike meets safety standards like UL2849 in the US and EN15194 in Europe. Purchase from reputable retailers to ensure safety.
Avoid voltage discrepancies by using the specific charger for your e-bike. This will also avoid potential damage and warranty issues.
To prevent overheating and maintain battery performance, unplug e-bike once fully charged.
Periodically check the e-bike battery, and charger for damage, signs of malfunction, and overheating.
Store the e-bike at regular temperature, away from sunlight, ensure its nowhere near other items that could cause a fire to spread.
The vast majority of (safety-certified) electric bikes will not catch fire should they be stored, used and charged correctly.