Souped-Up Skateboard Gives Commuters a Boost
CREDIT: Boosted Boards/Kickstarter
What weighs less than a bicycle and can get you to work on a dollar’s worth of electricity? A new souped-up skateboard by Boosted Boards, a Silicon Valley startup. The company’s electric longboard is a novel concept for lightweight, highly portable vehicles.
Sanjay Dastoor, CEO of the Kickstarter-funded company, recently spoke with a TED audience in Long Beach, Calif. about this new vehicle’s capabilities and the effects that such technologies might have on modern commuters.
Dastoor said that he and his team of developers used components from remote control airplanes to make the motor and hand-held remote for the high-powered board, which can be charged from a regular wall outlet. The small, commonly available parts make the Boosted Board both lightweight and relatively inexpensive.
According to Dastoor, the Boosted Board can take on a San Francisco hill at 20 miles per hour and the lithium-ion battery is good for about six miles of travel. So while the board might not be the perfect alternative to a car, it may be a great option for those who want to combine public transportation with a quick, cheap ride to the office.
If you already bring your bike on the bus, for example, just imagine how much easier it would be to simply tuck a 12-pound skateboard under your arm instead.
The Boosted Board’s motor and brakes are controlled with a hand-held remote, and the board can also move in reverse. In terms of energy, the board boasts some remarkable statistics. Dastoor told the TED audience that one of these boards uses 20 times less energy per mile than most cars.
And at $1299, it’s also significantly cheaper to own than a car. Of course, the Boosted Board won’t keep you dry in the rain, and you can’t very well use it to transport much more than yourself and a briefcase, but for the no-frills commuter, a Boosted Board might just be the vehicle of the future.
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