FDNY, City officials push to improve lithium-ion battery safety with new measures

February 29, 2024

On February 29, 2024, FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh joined the Department Transportation and other agencies to help unveil a new pilot program testing the City's first outdoor, public e-battery charging site. The Manhattan location is the first of five charging facilities in heavily trafficked areas aimed at offering safe battery charging for delivery workers. The pilot program rolled out a day after the City Council approved two bills that give FDNY more enforcement power when it comes to uncertified lithium-ion batteries. The bills include tougher fines and the ability to padlock retailers who receive three violations within three years.