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‘Super battery’ e-bike shop owner held

The owner of an e-bike shop in Jiading District has been detained for selling excessively powerful batteries for e-bikes, local police said yesterday.

Such “super batteries,” which could enable users to ride very long distances without charging, were modified from normal batteries and posed huge safety risks, police said.

Jiading police and fire authorities said they had identified an e-bike shop on Huyi Highway after finding out that most fire cases involving e-bikes were due to the failure of their unusually powerful batteries.

Battery failure could even result in explosions, police said.

At the shop, customers could pay 5,600 yuan (US$840) to have a lithium battery of 84V80Ah, which is said to last for up to 250 kilometers on a single charge, while most e-bikes on the market have a range of 50 to 60 kilometers, police said.

Police revealed that the shop had sold over 500 modified batteries so far, with most of the customers working in the delivery business.

The shop’s owner, a man surnamed Zhou, could face a charge of producing and selling fake and inferior products, according to police.


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