Why was the standard developed?
In 2022, e-bikes were responsible for 216 fires. The majority of these fires are caused by damaged, off-market, non-tested lithium batteries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) has called on manufactures, retailers, importers, and distributors of micro mobility devices to comply with established standards.
The fire risks these bikes cause can result in serious injury or death. UL 2849 addresses this problem by offering comprehensive testing of an e-bike’s electrical system.
With the news around e-bike fires many consumers will only purchase a bike with the UL 2849 certification.
Why is UL 2849 Important?
UL 2849 certification provides a range of benefits for both manufacturers and consumers. For manufacturers, it provides a competitive advantage, as it shows their commitment to product safety and quality. Additionally, it ensures compliance with regulations and reduces liability in case of accidents or injuries caused by the device.
For consumers, UL 2849 certification provides peace of mind, knowing that the e-bike or e-scooter they are using has been thoroughly tested for safety and reliability. It reduces the risk of accidents and injuries caused by faulty devices, as well as providing assurance of the device’s quality.
Certain regions, such as New York, or marketplaces, such as Amazon may also require the certification before a manufacturer can sell a product.
Why should you test to UL 2849?
There have been recent recommendations made by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and legislation passed by New York City that may have implications for your e-mobility or e-bicycle products and their compliance.
ACT Lab has the capability to conduct all the necessary testing, to ensure that your products meet all applicable requirements and comply with the law.
Prior to making any decisions regarding compliance, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of your actual obligations. ACT Lab can offer guidance on the most effective approach to achieve this, balancing your risk concerns with your compliance budget.