Michael Shope, Chief Technology Officer


Michael Shope

Chief Technology Officer, Dakota Lithium

Lead electrical & mechanical engineer for product development, custom & OEM lithium batteries, and quality assurance.

Founder Clean Republic
Founder Dakota Lithium Batteries
Founder Hilltopper Electric Bike Company

“Here at Dakota Lithium I have the freedom to match my daily work to my personal interest in sustainable energy and effecting positive social changes in the world. I believe that by using business models we have available today, like Dakota Lithium, that are administered for everyone’s benefit, the world could quickly become a much better place, without waiting for someone else to make change happen.”

Born in Seattle, WA, Michael moved to Grand Forks, ND to train as a pilot at the University of North Dakota. After graduation he worked as a flight instructor, pilot, and engineer. His first invention was a night vision compatible headlamp for use by pilots. After moving 10,000 units he sold that project to a pilot accessory industry leader, and joined forces with Dr. Yong Hou, a chemical engineer and professor at the University of North Dakota to launch Dakota Lithium Batteries, and Hilltopper Electric Bike Company under the parent company Clean Republic, to align his efforts more closely with his passion for renewable energy.


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