electric skateboard Stories October 15

I’m admittedly only a couple years into the world of electric skateboards, immersing myself in the technology after seeing people zoom by me on the strand in the South Bay of Los Angeles. One name that continually came up has been Backfire Skateboards, which just recently unveiled its Hammer all-terrain electric board, and I got the opportunity to test it out for you.

While I was a bit timid (and truthfully terrified) by the near 30 mph top speed of this skateboard, I quickly fell in love with the Hammer’s performance and smooth ride through everything I threw at it… and I mean everything. You’re going to want to check the Backfire Hammer out ASAP, because this thing cooks.

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electric skateboard Stories December 10, 2020

WowGo has become a favorite budget-level electric skateboard manufacturer, thanks to the company’s high-performance yet low-cost boards. The WowGo Knight is the brand’s latest entry into the market and helps improve upon an already well-received design.

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electric skateboard Stories June 4, 2020

The WowGo AT2 all-terrain electric longboard has just been unveiled by WowGo, introducing a new budget-minded option for off-road electric skateboarding.

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electric skateboard Stories May 26, 2020

The Spectra X from Walnutt is not your standard electric skateboard. It uses bodyweight shifting instead of a hand remote to control acceleration and braking.

Does it work? Definitely. Is it odd feeling? Also definitely.

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electric skateboard Stories March 4, 2020

In a surprise move, electric skateboard and e-scooter company Boosted confirmed its severe financial troubles and laid off most of its staff.

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electric skateboard Stories February 5, 2020

Exway sent me an early release of their upcoming Exway Flex electric skateboard to test out. And it freakin’ rocks, people. Plus, it’s actually affordable compared to the major premium boards out there, starting at just $649.

If I was Boosted or any other premium e-skateboard brand, I’d be worried.

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electric skateboard Stories January 6, 2020

Electric skateboards are fast, efficient, and thrilling ways to commute around town or just cruise for fun. And the Revel DIY electric skateboard kit helps you build your own e-skateboard with almost zero technical skills.

If you can turn a screwdriver, you can build an electric skateboard with this kit.

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electric skateboard Stories December 11, 2019

Despite not being a very old industry, electric skateboards have seemed to settle into a stable, almost stagnant state of incremental updates instead of major innovations. Or at least that’s what I thought up until today when the new Dot modular electric skateboard came along and changed everything.

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electric skateboard Stories December 2, 2019

Inboard was a promising and well-funded California-based electric skateboard company with a long list of fans. But the company’s pursuit of an electric scooter ultimately led to its downfall.

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electric skateboard Stories November 28, 2019

I’ve ridden just about every type of electric scooter or electric skateboard there is, whether it’s got one, two, three, or four wheels. And I thought I had seen everything. Until I found the YX ONE, that is.

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electric skateboard Stories November 19, 2019

I’m relatively new to the skateboard world, and I am indeed new to the electric skateboard world. A week or so ago, I got an advanced look at the Onpark Find 3. It includes dual brushless hub motors and can get up to 31 mph with 23 miles range on a single battery. It’s currently on Kickstarter, but I can confirm that it’s a real product, so I am excited to recap my experience. expand full story

electric skateboard Stories November 14, 2019

Boosted reveals two new products: electric skateboard lights and bigger wheels

Boosted, a leader in the electric skateboard industry, is back with a pair of new products: Boosted Beams headlights and larger wheels known as Boosted 105s.

electric skateboard Stories November 11, 2019

What would happen if you combined the thrill of zooming along the pavement on an electric skateboard with the go-anywhere freedom of all-terrain vehicles? You’d end up with the Backfire Ranger X2 electric skateboard, and you’d be in for a serious treat!

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electric skateboard Stories October 15, 2019

There are a lot of fancy (and expensive) electric skateboards out there. But it’s the budget boards that are most popular among students, new riders, and anyone looking for high value with low cost. The WowGo 3 is one of the favorites of the electric skateboard community when it comes to bang for buck, so we took a deep dive into this review to see how good the budget-priced WowGo 3 electric skateboard could be.

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electric skateboard Stories September 9, 2019

While electric skateboards may be brushed off by detractors as simple toys, you shouldn’t dismiss them so quickly. The truth is that they are actually potent commuter vehicles, as demonstrated by the Exway X1 Pro electric skateboard.

Check out our review below to see why this fast and fun electric skateboard makes such a great commuter vehicle.

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electric skateboard Stories August 5, 2019

Audi has a new electric micro-mobility offering known as the e-tron Scooter. Half skateboard, half scooter, this new last-mile vehicle from Audi is all-electric.

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electric skateboard Stories July 9, 2019

Electric skateboards are one of the most thrilling ways to commute. Sure, I love a good electric bicycle or scooter, but nothing compares to the rush of carving down the street or bike lane on an electric skateboard. And with today’s launch of the Unlimited x Loaded electric skateboard kit, you can turn your favorite longboard into a street-surfing electric cruiser in no time for as low as $769, or pick up a ready-to-ride electric skateboard built on a premium Loaded Boards long or shortboard.

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electric skateboard Stories June 19, 2019

In college in Southern California, I would skateboard between classes. It saved a few minutes of commute and was fun on the manicured streets and smooth sidewalks in and around USC.  But even as big a fan of micro mobility, I haven’t since seen skateboarding as a commuter tool, even with the powerful new longboards from Boosted and others. Roads and seasons in New York are just too terrible. But last month, Boosted gave me their $999 Boosted Mini X in an attempt to change my mind…

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electric skateboard Stories June 17, 2019

I’m an equal opportunity EV lover – I’ll give any personal electric vehicle a chance. And while electric scooters and e-bikes are fun, nothing gets my heart pumping with a combination of fear and excitement quite like an electric skateboard. Add in all-terrain tires and you’ve got a serious recipe for fun. Check out the Backfire Ranger X1 below. But be careful if you’re prone to impulse shopping. Put your wallet in the other room, because you’re going to want to buy this board!

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electric skateboard Stories March 13, 2019

Future Motion, the company behind the popular Onewheel electric mobility device, has just unveiled the latest model in the lineup. The Onewheel Pint is a smaller, lighter and more affordable version of the company’s popular Onewheel+ XR.

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electric skateboard Stories February 25, 2019

Bajaboard, the insanely powerful electric skateboard maker from down under, has a new ridiculously powerful board.

The Bajaboard Pantera packs over 8 kW (10.7 hp) into an off-road electric skateboard. That’s so much power that the company is wary about to whom they’ll even sell it.

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electric skateboard Stories December 20, 2018

Mountain View-based light electric vehicle company Boosted just announced today that they have raised $60M in Series B financing. The company intends to use the funding to develop and produce new types of personal electric vehicles designed to be even more rugged and robust.

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electric skateboard Stories December 19, 2018

Electric skateboards and longboards might sound like toys, but they can actually be very potent commuter vehicles. I’ve personally commuted on electric skateboards for months at a time and loved the thrill that they add to what can be boring around-the-town trips. However, the smaller wheels of most electric skateboards and longboards can make for less than forgiving rides. Sometimes they can even be downright dangerous when sidewalk cracks or potholes swallow up the little wheels.

That’s where all-terrain electric longboards come in, and the Evolve GTX is a perfect example of an insanely awesome all-terrain electric longboard.

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electric skateboard Stories August 18, 2018

Electric skateboarding has been growing in popularity over the last few years as more people discover its benefits. From pleasure riding to actual commuting, electric skateboards and longboards are coming into their own as legitimate forms of personal electric transportation.

Boosted, a leader in the electric skateboard industry, recently released a new line of electric shortboards and longboards. Their flagship longboard is known as the Boosted Stealth, and I’ve been riding it around for the last few weeks. Here’s the skinny. expand full story

electric skateboard Stories June 28, 2018

Skateboards aren’t just for the skatepark anymore. Believe it or not, electric versions are becoming increasingly popular forms of transportation, both for commuting and for pleasure riding.

With the recent boom in interest, the electric skateboard industry has been innovating quickly. Products include new electric shortboards and longboards from industry darling Boosted and more unique designs like the Linky electric longboard that can fold in half to fit in a backpack. expand full story

electric skateboard Stories June 27, 2018

The “last mile” problem is one that cities have been trying to solve for decades. While it is fairly easy to get to most cities, getting around that last mile to your final destination is often anything but simple. On the other end of the trip, “first miles” often have the same issue. How do you get from your home or apartment to the closest bus stop or train station that will take you to work?

That responsibility has often fallen on smaller one-person forms of electric transportation, also known as personal electric vehicles (PEVs). These can be anything from electric bicycles to electric scooters and electric skateboards. Basically anything small, quick and convenient to move someone around a crowded urban environment.

In an effort to determine which of these PEVs is the best option for urban commuting, I spent the last two weeks commuting entirely by personal electric vehicle, and now I want to share my experiences to help you determine how best to get around your city. Read on to see what I learned. expand full story

electric skateboard Stories June 22, 2018

As someone who doesn’t own a car, and instead commutes by all manners of personal electric vehicles (e-bike, e-scooter, e-skateboard, basically e-anything), I was super excited to try out Linky’s new folding electric longboard.

Electric longboards are one of the most fun ways to commute around a city, in my opinion. I love feeling like I’m surfing down the street or bike lane and adding excitement to what would otherwise be a pretty mundane chore of grabbing some vegetables from the market.

But the most annoying part of using a longboard, which is an elongated skateboard meant for cruising instead of tricks, is just how long they are. Anytime I have to pick it up, it feels like I’m carrying a step-ladder around. At least, until I got my hands on a Linky folding electric longboard. expand full story

electric skateboard Stories March 17, 2017

Arc’s 121C Aileron is the “world’s first” pure carbon electric skateboard, pre-order now on Kickstarter

From 9toToys:

Earlier this week, we told you about the electric Bajaboard and just yesterday we noted UrbanX that turns any bicycle into an eBike. Moving to today, it’s time to dive into the 121C Arc Aileron, the “world’s first” pure carbon electric skateboard. With its sleek looks, you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to imagine Jony Ive giving a 30-second spiel about its thin frame. An internal 133WH lithium ion battery supplies 11 miles of range at top speeds of 22mph. It’s also water-resistant and can support inclines up to 22%.

What really makes this electric skateboard standout from the competition is its carbon fiber build. Arc states that it’s the first of its kind, but regardless, its gorgeous. While the frame may be light weight, it does raise some questions about durability. Skateboards are known to taking a beating and that would be a potential concern of mine here but you’re probably not grinding down many rails. The choice to go with a carbon fiber frame puts the total weight under 10-pounds, which is around 33% less than comparable models. Ultimately, that’s a nice difference when carrying it around but does little in the way of efficiency gains. Much like the Bajaboard, this electric skateboard is also controlled with a handheld wireless remote that looks a lot like a Wii nunchuck. Currently a pledge of around $900 will deliver a unit in June if all goes to plan.

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