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This Board Might Even Make You Into A Skater

A company is taking orders for its new skateboard, billed as "the lightest electric vehicle in the world." With a small remote and motor-activated braking, it could appeal to environmentally conscious people who've never skated before.

Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn


What’s the Latest Development?

A company called Boosted Boards recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in which it’s taking orders for the latest version of its namesake: A new type of electric skateboard that’s lighter in weight, easier to control, and more powerful than its predecessors. The board boasts a electric motor and brakes that are both activated by a handheld wireless remote. The lithium-ion battery gets six miles when fully charged, and is recharged when the skater brakes. 

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What’s the Big Idea?

There are still some bugs to fix, but the board and the company have Stanford University know-how behind it, and the engineering team says they should start shipping next summer. Writer Josh Constine, a skater himself, tested two prototypes in not-exactly-flat San Francisco, and says that the small remote and quiet motor will “draw dumb-founded stares from people clueless to how you’re cruising uphill without pushing.” He also says that this isn’t your little brother’s board: “These are serious, eco-friendly transportation devices that could replace your bike, scooter, or maybe even your car.”

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