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The World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle

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Imagine 2000 watts (2.6 horsepower) on a 12 lb. long board. You can do your favorite downhill tricks… going uphill. Or carve and carve… without ever pushing. More time riding and practicing, less time pushing and walking.

We started with our favorite longboard components, like a Loaded Vanguard, Bear Grizzly 852s, Otang 80A In Heats, and Jehu bearings. While the final product’s trucks may change, the rest of those components will be there. We don’t believe that adding a motor means compromising your setup.

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That’s because in addition to being an amazing ride, it’s also the perfect last-mile vehicle. When it comes to short trips, you can finally stop worrying about parking, traffic, garages, gas stations, pedaling, bike locks, pushing, and hills. Run quick errands, commute to work, get around campus, or link up with public transit, up to 6 miles before recharging or swapping your battery.  But most importantly, you’ll enjoy the ride everyday.

Power and Breaking Even on Hills:

We can electronically limit the top speed without sacrificing the power you need to tackle hills.  Steep San Francisco hills become easy to climb.  And on top of that, we’ve added regenerative braking, accomplished using the motors.  That means it’s easy to learn, easy to maneuver, and easy to control your speed, all while recharging the battery.

The Lightest Vehicle In History:

Light is great for lots of reasons, like better handling and acceleration. But it also means unprecedented portability. Carry it into a classroom, through the lobby to your office, upstairs to your apartment, onto a bus, or even aboard an airplane. With a capable electric vehicle that weighs a mere 12 lbs (prototype weight), you’ll change how you think about vehicles.

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We have backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering from Stanford. We also love longboarding, snowboarding, kiteboarding, and wakeboarding. So it’s no surprise that we joined our revolutionary prototype drivetrain with our favorite longboard components. But the bigger picture is even more exciting: changing the world of transportation and shifting the perception of what a vehicle can be.

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t’s similar to what you’ll find in modern electric cars and motorcycles, but smaller and lighter than anything ever made.  It’s so new, it’s even patent-pending.

  • Twin brushless motors.  They’re more expensive and harder to implement than conventional DC motors, but they’re also amazingly powerful for their size and weight.
  • Lithium batteries.  We only use lithium, and we only use the best.  That means plenty of range and power without the weight and bulk of normal batteries.
  • Custom electronics.  Our years of engineering experience led us to design and build our proprietary on-board computers, motor controllers, and software from scratch.  The result is powerful and responsive, yet quiet, compact, and easy to control.
  • Fast charging.  Our electronics and batteries can handle extremely fast charging, going from empty to full in less than two hours.

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Specs:
  • Motor power – 2000W
  • Top speed – around 20mph
  • Range – 6 miles
  • Maximum grade – 15%
  • Charge time – 2 hours
  • Battery – Lithium ion
  • Weight – between 12 and 15 pounds

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The Big Problem With Transportation:

Everyone knows that short distances (between 0.5 and 3 miles) are annoying.  It’s just far enough that walking takes a lot of time, but other options aren’t ideal, because of:

  • Time – the kind you waste in traffic and parking in a car, or finding a rack and locking your bike
  • Space – where you fill up garages or parking lots, or room in a crowded hallway or stairwell
  • Money – the cost of gas plus wear and tear on your car, or the potential for theft of your bike
  • Convenience – maybe you don’t like to bike in 100 degree heat, or show up to work after a 30 minute uphill walk
  • Energy and infrastructure – you want to stop paying for fuel, contributing to congestion, and demanding more roads and gas stations
  • Public transit – it’s too far from where you live and work, or you have to make multiple transfers to get to your destination

How It Works: 

You start with a handheld remote with throttle and braking control and a battery gauge readout.   To charge it, simply plug in the included charger just like a laptop, phone, or any other device.  If you run out of charge, or you just feel like pushing, go for it – it still rolls like a normal longboard (but with a little bit of drag).  That’s it… it’s that simple.

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Article Source: Kickstarter

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Michelle heads up the web content and digital marketing at Mantality, and is a true fan of all the cool products she works with. Outside of work she is a competitive athlete and dedicates every other waking moment to diet and training – and consumes enough chicken and tuna to feed a small African country. You’ll also find her hitting the decks as Lady Sinister with DJ partner The Boogeyman. “Tomorrow never comes, so don’t wait for it to say what you want to say, do what you want to do, and live every waking moment to the fullest.” – Michelle G.

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