You see them race through pedestrian zones, parks, and even on city streets. Those new gadgets are called electric skateboards. But what exactly are they?
We at Ballards New Technology talked with industry experts and manufacturers, and will tell you where the trend is going. We will also clarify what the law says about these devices.
First, in 2017 alone, 730,000 e-scooters were sold in the United States. While the electric skateboard market is not anywhere near that number, we believe that in just a few years it will surpass e-scooters to become the most popular personal transporter.
As far as their speed, the present electric skateboards are twice as fast as one on the hoverboards, monowheels or Segways: 25 mph or more are conceivable. The California maker Boosted supplies complete boards, in addition to an add-on unit that can be attached to a conventional skateboard.
The sales pitch are as follows: At 99 watt hours, the battery falls just beneath the limit of 100, which is permitted by air lines in the baggage. The costs is between $1,300 (drive just at top speed 15 mph, 6 miles range) and $2,100 euros (Complete longboard at max speed 25 mph, 7 – 9 mile range).
At Evolve, which are manufactured in Germany out of Düsseldorf, the emphasis is more on power. And in the event that you want to be far from the road, you can change the street wheels for bigger rough terrain tires in a couple of simple steps, and make the board an off-road skateboard.
The more powerful battery guarantees top velocities of around 22 to 27 mph depending upon tire size, and doubles or triples the range from the previous generation of boards. The disadvantage: Evolve tips the scales at just about 20 lbs, more than double that of the Boosted pack. Evolve’s entry board for the road costs $1,000, while the advanced bundle with transformation unit comes in at $2,100.
The legal circumstance is indistinguishable – and calming – paying little mind to performance and degree: Tim at Electric Skateboard Guide says that every single motorized vehicle quicker than 4 mph have no place on walkways or bicycle ways in Germany. Out on the streets, they must be utilized with a driver’s permit, because of the drive. There are exceptions just for e-bicycles and Segways. For all other e-vehicles, there’s a risk of fines.