Meet Stary, the world’s lightest electric skateboard which goes 18.6 mph. This skateboard could change the way we get around.
If the Tesla Model S is a bit beyond your reach, here’s an electric vehicle that’s sleek, hip, and a lot more affordable – the Stary electric skateboard. The nifty skateboard is produced by a Shanghai startup called Stary Boards, and I got a demo of a prototype in action on a visit to the city in June. In July the Stary electric skateboard launched on Kickstarter where the team is hoping to raise $100,000 to get production rolling so that buyers can get theirs by November.
The early bird Kickstarter price of $399 is no longer available after the electric skateboard zoomed to nearly a quarter of its funding goal in just 18 hours. Once it’s out in the wild, it will retail for $899.
A rider applies the power on the Stary electric skateboard using a small remote controller, which also features a brake that produces regenerative power for the onboard battery. One of the wheels is in fact the motor, while the slim battery is concealed in the board, which is made of a mix of fiberglass, bamboo, and Canadian maple. It can do 18.6 mph and, in theory, could get you 10 miles on a single charge.
While most electric skateboards look thick and come with large wheels that raise the board up high enough to give space for the battery bump, the Stary board is so slim that it looks like a regular slab of wood.
The whole thing weighs 8.6 pounds, which is a few pounds more than most standard boards, but it’s not too heavy. A few years ago, that’s what your laptop weighed. This isn’t quite the board that Back to the Future promised , but it’ll keep you amused until your hoverboard arrives.
This post was originally published on Tech in Asia.
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