This Electric Skateboard Has Motors Inside Its Wheels

This Electric Skateboard Has Motors Inside Its Wheels

I've ridden more than a few electric skateboards in my time, but they all have the same problems: they all feel too electric and not enough skateboard. They're often too thick to accommodate batteries and motors, and too heavy to push if the battery dies. Can't we do better? Inboard Sports thinks so: it's building an electric skateboard with motors inside of its wheels.

Apparently, wheel-housed motors solve a lot of the problems I have with electric skateboards. Inboard Sports says its Monolith Skateboard's "Manta Drive Technology" eliminates the need for a bulky belt-driven motor, freeing up space and weight on the bottom of the board. The motor assembly also floats on free-spinning bearings, eliminating friction and allowing the board to coast at top speeds -- which means that you should be able to push-drive the deck with just your legs when your battery dies. Neat.

This Electric Skateboard Has Motors Inside Its Wheels

Inboard Sports says it's also the first electric skateboard with a swappable battery -- each one will carry you 10 miles at 24mph. Less if you make use of the deck's embedded USB port to charge your phone. Yes, that's just as weird as it sounds, and no, I'm not joking.

The firm's Kickstarter has already breached its $US100,000 goal, and still has three weeks to collect backers. It's a neat idea, but no less expensive than other electric rideables: the lowest priced backer reward to come with Monolith starts at $US1100. [Kickstarter]



    For Australians in the audience that's roughly just under 40km/h for about 16km

    It seems strange to me that people would want a skateboard you don't skate on. It's never struck me as a device you use to travel. I mean you use it to get around if you enjoy skating but it's not like a bike where you choose it because it's an alternative to public transport or a car. If getting from A to B is important and the workload is too much for a skateboard then you get a bike and continue to skate in your spare time. I can't really imagine anyone who doesn't love the act of skating itself choosing to buy a skateboard over a scooter or bike.

      Interesting points. I don't know the answers, but may be skateboards are smaller so you can carry it around (in a backpack?) once you get to your destination, or get into tighter situations than you can with a bike? Also, riding a bike with office clothes isn't very good (wrinkled pants, grease on pant legs), but you can certainly skate in office clothing?

      From what I can understand this the whole point of this board, being able to ride it like it's a normal board with or without the battery.

      Longboards, unlike skateboards are a fantastic commuting solution because you can take them pretty much anywhere (ie a bus), but anything further than 2kms and it becomes a workout. And you completely can forget about going uphill. So being able to use a motor to get you to those mint sections of pavement/ash vault for carving and just laxing out is the most exiting concept ever to a longboarder.

    I live in Byron Bay, and i see plenty of people commuting to work by skateboard, but the outlying suburbs are only about 2km out of town.

    I've been reading Snow Crash this week. Can't wait for someone to put the Poon into production and kick off Kourier car skiing.

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