Batteries Could Put Americans on Two Wheels

E-bike makers in the United States saw something of a miniboom in 2008, when gasoline prices spiked and people started looking for eco-friendly alternatives to the automobile.

Published: 18-Jan-2010

Technology has eliminated many of life’s milder physical demands, like getting off the couch to change the channel, or going to the store to buy a book.

The latest exertion to be conquered: biking uphill.

Electric bicycles -- a regular pedaldriven bicycle with a motor for steeper slopes and an optional boost -- is an idea that has been around for more than a century. But while e-bikes have caught on in certain parts of the world, particularly China, where tens of millions are sold each year, they have never quite captured the imagination of auto-obsessed Americans.


Gov. Granholm with Nancy Gioia outside Cobo Center with electric Ford Focus.

Michigan Governor Granholm drove electric Ford Focus to Cobo Center, possibly powered by Johnson Control-Saft lithium ion batteries.

Lithium Balance BMS is designed to improve cycle life of batteries like those that power the E-Max S90 electric scooter.

Lithium Balance makes battery management systems that can control the charge and discharge of battery packs, as well as the temperature.

Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt brine is rich in lithium carbonate.

TRU Group Inc announces results of its updated long range Lithium supply-demand forecast - Lithium industry not immune from effects of global recession


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