Feds One Step Closer to Requiring Safety Standards for Lithium-ion Batteries

Safety standards are fine, but the responsibility for securing better power packs will still fall on the lowest-paid workers in our city.

A congressional panel last week rubber-stamped a bill that would require the federal government to establish safety standards for the lithium-ion batteries that power delivery workers’ e-bikes — but the responsibility for securing better power packs will still fall on the lowest-paid workers in our city.

Last Wednesday, members of the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously advanced the so-called Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act, which requires the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to create safety standards for micromobildity batteries “to protect against the risk of fires.” The bill, introduced by Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) in March, now moves to the House floor, and has the support of the city.