Boosted Boards was a Kickstarter success last fall, when the team raised over $467,000 to further develop their 12-pound electric longboard. It’s meant to be an alternative to cars and public transport in urban areas like Los Angeles, London and Berlin. Some of the startup’s first Kickstarter backers will get the first batch of boards shipped to them soon.
Equipped with a drivetrain that can get the most out of the motor, the young startup claims the board can go up well-known Russian Hill in San Francisco at up to 20 mph. A 185-pound rider can climb a 15% grade, they say. You can control the board with a handheld remote that has a throttle, brake control and a battery gauge.
The so-called “world’s lightest electric vehicle” can now be pre-ordered online for $1,299. While that’s quite more expensive than a regular skateboard, Boosted Boards co-founder Sanjay Dastoor says, “compared to an electric bicycle or a scooter or something like that, it’s actually pretty affordable.” We’ll see if that’s the transportation of the future.
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