NBDA will host a series of webinars on e-bike battery safety best practices


The National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) has invited all bicycle shops to attend a special four-part report series on e-bikes and retailer best practices for battery storage and safety.

Recent news in trade and consumer publications regarding the risks and safety of electric bicycles has drawn attention to the classification of bicycles and lithium-ion batteries. In response to the amount of data, the NBDA has partnered with several experts to summarize the information to our industry and further outline best practices in this area.

NBDA President Heather Mason said, “There are many risks associated with the massive influx of e-bikes into our market. Or the aim is to inform everyone in a concise way about the regulations in force and how we can minimize the threats that come with the sale, repair and storage of electric bicycles. We urge all retailers and the industry to join us for this free educational series aimed at providing best practices. »

The presentation on regulatory issues will be given by Erika Jones, partner at Mayer Brown, who spoke earlier this year at the Bicycle Leadership Conference. Ibrahim Jilani, UL’s Global Director of Consumer Technology, will be joined by colleagues to provide insight into UL2849. Mike Fritz, HPS, will round out the distinguished panel, leading the discussion on lithium-ion batteries.

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Deputy Chief George Healy and HPS Resident Futurist Jay Townley will join in the fireside chat.

Part 1: Fireside Chat – E-Bike Explosion/Fire Safety and What You, the Retailer, Need to Know. – May 24, 2022, 10:00 a.m. PDT

Join this fireside chat to learn more about UL 2849 and what bike retailers need to know about compliance going forward. Expert panel comprised of Ibrahim Jilani, Global Director of Consumer Technologies at UL, George Healy – Deputy Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), Jay Townley, Resident Futurist at HPS, and Mike Fritz, chief technology officer at HPS.

Part 2: What should dealers tell consumers about the safe use and storage of their e-bike lithium-ion battery? June 2, 2022, 10:00 a.m. PDT

Join us to learn more about what you should advise consumers about the use and storage of their e-bike lithium-ion battery. Presented by Mike Fritz, Chief Technology Officer at Human Powered Solutions.

Part 3 – Technical Details: UL 2849 and What You, the Retailer, Need to Know.- June 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m. PDT

Join this important webinar on UL 2849 and learn why bike shops should take action now. Presented by: Dejan Gakovic, UL Global Industry Lead for Micromobility and Benjamin Cribb, UL Regional Technical Lead for Micromobility

Part 4: E-Bikes – Risks and Retailer ConcernsJuly 7, 2022, 10:00 a.m. PDT

Product innovation continues to exceed current regulations for e-bikes. If you currently sell e-bikes or plan to do so in the future, this is a must visit. Presented by: Erika Jones, Partner at Mayer Brown. Erika Jones is a respected counsel and litigator whose practice focuses on motor vehicle safety and consumer product safety regulatory issues and related litigation.

The series runs from May through July 2022, and those interested can register through the links in or on the NBDA website. The webinar series is free to everyone, regardless of NBDA membership.

To access exclusive resources and support, join the NBDA or renew your membership online. Visit NBDA.com to take advantage of the many free resources available to all retailers, including the educational podcast, Bicycle Retail Radio.

Questions about NBADA membership? Contact Rachelle Schouten, Director of Development, at [email protected]

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