The UK Government have released guidance on e-bike and e-scooter safety to raise consumer awareness with regard to safe purchasing, storage, disposal of batteries, and charging of electric vehicles. This is along with additional guidance for public transport operators and those who manage premises.
This is following fire and rescue services’ efforts to make the Government aware of a rising amount of incidents involving lithium batteries.
The limited data currently available suggests that lithium battery fires involving e-scooters and e-cycles are increasing year on year. Sadly, these incidents have involved a number of fatalities and serious injuries.
Reported figures from the Government collated from 38 fire and rescue services suggest that total fatalities and serious incidents involving lithium battery fires in recent years were at least:
- 2020: 77
- 2021: 159
- 2022: 227
- 2023: 338 (forecast)
The guidance aims to:
- educate users about the risks and to encourage responsible purchase and use
- provide physical facilities at the premises to ensure these devices can be used and charged safely
- manage premises to address remaining risks