Tampa Bay is a tech hotbed

Tampa, Fla. -- The E-Bike. It's electric and it's fun, but it's the battery that makes it amazing - a mere 5 pounds.

"Yeah, this battery can propel you 20-25 miles. It's that powerful," said Steve Tartaglia, owner of Clearwater EBikes, but his parent company, Lithionics Battery, is groundbreaking.

Tampa Bay is part of the "high tech corridor" that cuts through the state to the space coast, and Lithionics Battery is one company that's part of it.

The headquarters in Clearwater offers jobs to high tech millennials entering the work force making the most powerful, yet safe lithium batteries on the globe, and even educating future engineers.

"This is a battery for Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Program which will help people understand how lithium works, why it's different from old technology and give them ideas for new products," said Tartaglia.

The research and development going on here is just one example of why Tampa Bay is turning into technology bay; technology coveted by major corporations like Disney, Peterbuilt and Jabil.

"Jabil Circuit has come to us and offered to support us to commercialize this within their existing facility," said Tartaglia.

So the next time you see new technology whether an e-bike or a battery or something else, chances are it was birthed in Tampa Bay.


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