Electric cars are killing people even when they are sitting still. Fires sparked from electric vehicle batteries have reportedly killed 11 people in New York City since 2021.
The deaths occurred during some of the 104 lithium-ion battery fueled blazes in homes in the area, according to the New York Post. Last year alone, six died and 142 were hurt in EV battery fires in 2022 alone.
Per the paper:
Lithium ion batteries were the cause of the fourth most fire deaths last year, the FDNY said, behind electrical, portable heaters and smoking.
In the first month of 2023, there have been 1,563 structural fires in the city – and 15 of them are being probed as lithium-ion battery related, with one reported death and 25 injured, fire officials said.
The paper added:
“The recent rise in incidents involving lithium-ion battery fires and resulting injuries and fatalities highlights the urgent need for regulation and standards for e-bikes,” Holden told the Post this week. “Until we can ensure the safety of these vehicles, we must prohibit their use on public roads and prohibit charging them indoors. It’s time to take proactive measures to prevent further harm to our communities.”
E-bikes and other lithium-ion battery-powered mobility devices have become fashionable, but oblivious owners store and charge e-bike batteries in their apartment — often overnight — which “present serious fire safety hazards,” officials said.
These things are killing people when they aren’t even on the move!