Startup company Leafboard has created a lightweight, affordable electric skateboard that lets you skate with almost no effort. Past electric skateboard have had trouble handling inclines. As of January 5, the company has raised $239,604 on its Kickstarter page, surpassing its original $50,000 goal.
At 9.7 pounds, the company says it is the lightest freestyle electric skateboard available on the market today. It achieved that light weight with by making the deck with three layers of fiberglass mixed with eight layers of Canadian maple, and 2.5 mm of carbon fiber for the board’s battery case. According to the company’s Kickstarter page, once the company reaches $350,000 in funding, the board will be upgraded to have a full carbon fiber composite deck.
It is powered by a 5000 milliamp hour (mAh) lithium-polymer battery that can be charged more than 1,000 times. The board can reach a top speed of 19 mph and has a range of 11.5 miles. Leafboard adds that its speed and braking can be controlled easily with a remote control. It also has a USB outlet to charge a phone. The board can give iPhone 6 plus a full charge in only 70 minutes, which will only reduce the range of the board by 1.25 miles. Leafboard`s deck and motor are also processed with special treatment to make it water resistant.
However, Leafboard is far from the only composite-made electric skateboard on the market. A few years ago, Marbel launched a similar product which is .2 pounds heavier and has a slighter shorter range. Marbel’s board deck incorporates a combination of carbon fiber and Kevlar.
A pre-order of the Leafboard is only $369. The Leafboard’s regular retail price will be $649.