Growth of E-mobility Usage in the UK: Weighing the Benefits and Risk Factors
Sales for e-bikes in the UK have been steadily increasing in recent years. Though still some way behind our European counterparts, annual sales for e-bikes in 2022 rose to around 165,000, accounting for close to ⅓ of all bike purchases across the market. In contrast to e-bikes, e-scooters fall into something of a regulatory vacuum, and, under the Road Traffic Act 1988, they are classed as motor vehicles. However, they currently don’t meet regulatory requirements, and despite being banned from use on public roads, it’s estimated that there are still more than 750,000 privately owned e-scooters in the country.
The increase in popularity of e-mobility devices has been put down to an increased awareness of their benefits as a means of convenient and sustainable travel, particularly in urban areas, and a wider range of options on the market. Public enthusiasm for e-mobility has, however, brought to the light the risk factors involved. There remains a lack of distinction over what constitutes a “bad” or “good” e-bike or e-scooter in terms of build quality, and this has caused unsafe components to enter the market that breach safety standards, endangering the user.
metroSTOR has compiled 9 simple safety steps for the storage and charging of e-mobility devices. Inspired by advice gathered from the LFB as part of their #ChargeSafe Campaign, these help prevent the risks of lithium-battery fires, aiming to provide awareness of safe practices and call attention to the safety and fire risks involved.
In response to the growth in popularity of e-mobility devices and the alarming rise in fire incidents, metroSTOR has developed a range of secure external storage and charging facilities for e-mobility devices that are designed to be installed externally to ensure a safe containment away from residential properties, offering a fully enclosed unit to ensure complete weather protection for the devices stored inside.
From single locker format to communal hub buildings, the metroSTOR modular system accommodates the increasing demand for e-mobility devices by enabling additional capacity to be integrated in the event that further storage space is required. All units are customisable for fire-resistant enclosure specification, to ensure effective, proven containment in the unfortunate event of a fire, as well as energy consumption metering, and access control.