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  • Writer's pictureTim Spears

Navigating the Future of Micromobility: The Double-Edged Sword of Increased E-Bike Power

As we embrace the surge in micromobility, particularly e-bikes, a proposed enhancement in their power poses both opportunities and significant safety concerns. The initiative to double the maximum legal power of e-bikes aims to make them more appealing by enhancing their speed and efficiency. However, this advancement brings to the forefront the inherent risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, notably an elevated fire hazard.

Lithium-ion batteries, while efficient, can be volatile if damaged, overcharged, or subjected to high temperatures. The prospect of more powerful e-bikes raises the stakes, potentially leading to more severe battery fires, as noted in discussions surrounding this proposal. Such incidents not only pose a direct risk to users but can also contribute to broader community risks, highlighting the critical need for comprehensive fire prevention strategies.

The dialogue around increasing e-bike power underscores the urgent need for safety, awareness, and regulatory measures that keep pace with technological advancements. It's a reminder that innovation must go hand in hand with safety protocols to protect users and the public.

As safety professionals, we must advocate for rigorous safety standards, public education on the proper handling and storage of lithium-ion batteries, and policies that ensure the safe integration of enhanced micromobility devices into our communities.

Let's prioritize safety and prevention as we navigate the future of transportation. Your thoughts and proactive measures can make a significant difference in community risk reduction and fire safety.


Espiner, T., Austin, K., & Singleton, T. (2024, March 1). Plan to double power of e-bikes sparks fire fears. Access the article

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