top of page

Use code SCNEWCUST15 for 15% off ALL scooters through month-end.  Redeem here

Why Electric Scooters Catch Fire: Understanding the Causes and Prevention

For information on Levy's design and technology to prevent battery fires - see here.

As electric scooters continue to gain popularity for their convenience and eco-friendliness, a concerning issue has emerged: some electric scooters catch fire. This alarming phenomenon has raised questions about the safety of these devices, particularly in urban areas, where they are commonly used. In this article, we will explore the key reasons why electric scooters can catch fire and the steps that can be taken to prevent such incidents.

  1. Battery issues
    The most common cause of electric scooter fires is related to the battery. Electric scooters are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are known for their high energy density and ability to recharge quickly. However, these batteries are also susceptible to overheating and can become dangerous if not properly maintained. Poor-quality batteries or those with manufacturing defects are more likely to cause a fire.

  2. Overcharging
    Leaving an electric scooter charging for an extended period can be another cause of fires. Overcharging can lead to excessive heat and increase the chances of a fire occurring. It is crucial to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for charging and unplug the scooter once it is fully charged.

  3. Damage to the scooter

Accidents or damage to the battery, such as punctures, can also cause fires in electric scooters. Impact or pressure on the battery can lead to a dangerous chain reaction called thermal runaway, in which the battery heats up rapidly and releases flammable gases that can cause a fire.

  1. Poor quality or counterfeit chargers
    Using a cheap or counterfeit charger can be another cause of electric scooter fires. Poor quality chargers may not regulate voltage correctly, leading to overcharging and potential fires. It is essential to use the charger provided by the manufacturer or a reputable replacement.

Preventing fires in electric scooters
To minimize the risk of electric scooter fires, users should:

  • Purchase scooters from reputable manufacturers and avoid cheap, low-quality options.

  • Regularly inspect and maintain the scooter, paying particular attention to the battery and charging components.

  • Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for charging, including using the correct charger and not overcharging the device.

  • Be cautious when riding scooters and avoid damaging the battery through impacts or punctures.

  • Store electric scooters in a cool, dry place when not in use.

By understanding the common causes of electric scooter fires and taking preventative measures, users can safely enjoy the benefits of this eco-friendly and convenient mode of transportation.

Levy Electric Scooter Icons

Start a Fleet

Start a rental fleet with Levy

Levy Electric Scooter Icons


Wholesale Levy scooters at your online store or shop

Levy Electric Scooter Icons

Retail Partners

Wholesale Levy scooters at your 
online store or shop

Levy Electric Scooter Icons

Tag us

Follow and tag us on social!

Brand Ambassador

Earn money for referring friends and growing the network

Service Guides

DIY repair tools, videos, and more


Interested in working at Levy?


Invest in the Levy Network

Levy Locations

Find our rental, repair, and store locations

The Levy App

Download the Levy app to find scooters closest to you


Technical specs for all of our scooters


The Levy swappable battery system

Spare Parts

Every spare part you need for your scooter


Choose the Levy scooter that suits you best


Learn more about electric scooter tires


Bags, phone holders, helmets and more

Levy Electric Scooter Icon

The everyday electric scooter, perfect for the daily commute.

Levy Electric Scooter Fleets Icon

Start a rental fleet with Levy scooters and software

Levy Plus Electric Scooter Icon

Our high-end, long range cruiser with double the range of the Levy.

Support Center

FAQs, how-to videos, and quick start guides

Shipping App

Discounted shipping labels for moving your scooter (or any package).

Range Calculator

Estimate real-world range for any scooter

Electric Scooter Laws

Electric scooter laws by state & city


Subscribe to a scooter for $70/month

Shop Locator

Find a location to test ride or bring your Levy in to get repaired


Get in touch with our team

Quick-start guide

Get started with your Levy

Returns & Warranty

Every spare part you need for your scooter

Shipping Policy

Shipping Policy US and International

bottom of page