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CPSC's Forum on Lithium-ion Battery Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a forum on lithium-ion battery safety on July 27 at 10 a.m. ET, with a specific focus on fires occurring in e-bikes and other micro-mobility products as well as the fire risks that may arise with the growing consumer market for other products containing such batteries.  The Chair will open the forum.  After the conclusion of each panel, the Commissioners will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.  The list of participants is: 

Introductory videos:  

  • Senator Chuck Schumer   
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  
  • Representative Ritchie Torres   

 Panel I  

  • Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, Fire Department of New York  

Panel II  

  • Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, Vice President and Executive Director, UL Research Institutes, Electrochemical Safety Research Institute  
  • Dr. Michael Pecht, Director and Distinguished Professor, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), University of Maryland  
  • Drew J. Pereira, Ph.D., Research and Development Manager, Soteria Battery Innovation Group  
  • Matt Moore, General and Policy Counsel, PeopleForBikes Coalition  
  • Michael Fritz, Chief Technology Officer, Human Powered Solutions (on behalf of the National Bicycle Dealers Association)  
  • Lorraine Carli, Vice President - Outreach and Advocacy, National Fire Protection Association  

 Panel III  

  • Robert Slone, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist, UL Solutions  
  • Michael Becker, Manager, Technical Specialist Energy Storage, CSA Group  
  • Jeff Jambois, Electrical Compliance Engineer, Trek Bicycle  
  • George Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association  
  • Brandon Martin, Vice President of Battery and Electric Products and Industry Affairs,  Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)  
  • Heather Mason, President, National Bicycle Dealers Association  
  • Gabe Knight, Safety Policy Analyst, Consumer Reports  

The hybrid forum will be held in person at CPSC’s headquarters and remotely via webinar at 10 a.m. Eastern time on July 27, 2023, and will conclude that same day.   For those attending in person, the forum will be held at the Commission’s Hearing Room, 4th floor of the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.  All virtual attendees should pre-register for the webinar online at: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  In person attendees do not need to register for the forum. 

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