The FDNY says it busted an illegal lithium-ion battery operation in Queens.
Wilson's Electric Scooters and Sales along Queens Boulevard in Rego Park is where the FDNY says it shut down an illegal lithium-ion manufacturing operation.
"Nobody teach me. They don't do nothing but take money, give me ticket," owner Wilson Chen said. "We want to make good quality battery for sale, so we need the sample to apply for UL license."
"They recovered approximately 60 battery packs and hundreds of individual lithium-ion cells. Approximately 25 e-scooters and 25 combination electric and gas mopeds were also recovered," FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said.
Kavanagh said on Tuesday the FDNY's Lithium-Ion Task Force discovered the business was building battery packs from individual battery cells and replacing old ones in violation of the fire code, creating "Frankenstein batteries."