Electric skateboards are slowly taking over urban mobility. If the thought of standing on a skateboard and effortlessly moving around excites you, here’s everything you need to know about motorized skateboards.
How Does an Electric Skateboard Work?
An electric skateboard is different from its traditional counterpart because of one thing; it has a motor and a battery to accompany it. The motor drive system is connected to the wheels. The battery powers the motor and, in turn, the wheels rotate without you having to put in any effort.
It is important to note that an electric skateboard is different from a hoverboard. Skateboards can be motorized or non-motorized, while hoverboards are always motorized. Another difference, skateboards have a wheel at the front and another at the back while hoverboards have side by side wheels.
Electric Skateboard Laws
Are skateboards legal? Do you need a license to ride one? Electric skateboards are very recent. There have been no particular laws put in place to regulate the purchase and riding of electric skateboards. You don’t need a license to ride an electric skateboard. However, riding electric skateboards in the streets is illegal because they are categorized as motorized vehicles. Just recently, a Vancouver man was slapped with a $600 fine for riding an electric skateboard on the street. So, until there are elaborate laws and licensing, keep off the city streets.
Advantages of Electric Skateboards
The first advantage of electric skateboards is the automatic operation. You don’t need to drive the electric skateboard like a regular skateboard manually. All you have to do is step on it and accelerate.
The other advantage is that you can maintain a constant speed regardless of the surface you are riding on. Downhill, you can maintain a constant speed, as well as uphill and on tough paths and terrain.
The third advantage is mileage. With a regular skateboard, you won’t go far. Electric skateboards have a longer mileage and can go up to 25 miles on a single charge. So, if you are looking for effortless urban mobility, you have one in an electric skateboard.
Disadvantages of Electric Skateboards
The first shortcoming of an electric skateboard is their cost. On average, you will have to spend around $1500 to $2000 for a reliable, durable and safe electric skateboard.
The other disadvantage is regarding electric skateboard laws and regulations. There are no definite laws regarding owning and riding electric skateboards in many parts of the world. Therefore, it’s unclear whether you can ride it legally on the city streets and pathways.
Electric skateboards are becoming increasingly popular. But before you purchase one, make sure you won’t have problems with law enforcement in your locale. Above all, make sure the battery is certified because some electric skateboards have faulty batteries that can explode.