The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory has banned charging of electric bicycles on the premises of the agency
The management of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the USA has prohibited the entry of electric bicycles and electric scooters to visitors and staff for safety reasons. It is also not possible to store and charge individual electric vehicles on the territory of the department.
NREL is a research center specializing in renewable energy solutions. According to NREL Fire Chief Nicholas Bartlett, electric vehicles can no longer be charged or stored in the center’s buildings because of the potential for fire or explosion.
“Data from the Fire Department of New York and the Fire Safety Institute over the past few years show an alarming trend in injuries and deaths. Fires and explosions happen for a variety of reasons, including improper chargers, charging too long, low-quality batteries, and so on,” Electrek quoted Bartlett as saying.
In the US, e-bikes are often stored right at work due to the lack of parking in most areas, the publication notes. Recently, some colleges and government agencies have begun banning such practices under the pretext of fire safety.
For its part, as an alternative to storing and charging e-bikes indoors, NREL is “working to create outdoor charging locations, within a reasonable distance from building entrances,” Bartlett emphasized.