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Interest in electric bikes is also growing across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Los Angeles-based EV Global Motors offers the Mini E-bike, which can be plugged into a standard wall outlet and which folds to a fairly compact 32 inches long by 14 inches wide by 31 inches high. Prices start at $1,395. The company is backed by legendary Chrysler frontman Lee Iacocca.
Ultra Motor bike
In Britain, start-up Ultra Motor is hoping to jump-start the market for personal transportation and clean vehicles. Here, inventor Vasily Shkondin stands next to one of Ultra Motor's electric bikes.