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The electric bike revolution is powered by Lithium. Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries are a rechargeable battery with a global market estimated at $11bn, predicted to grow to $60bn by 2020. The BBC Earth website has a fascinating feature on how lithium has it's first uses in medicine, and over the last decade has become synonymous with batteries. Phones, laptops, basically anything electrical will use lithium-ion, and of course, electric bikes (and cars) need a bigger chunk than most items. Two interesting facts taken from the article are that most of the world's reserves are in South America, and lithium is one...

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