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ZBoard Motorized Skateboard: Lean to Drive

by Conner Flynn
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We’ve seen motorized skateboards in the past, but this may be the best one yet. Ben Forman and Geoff Larson started the ZBoard project as a Senior year mechanical engineering project while at the University of Southern California, eventually leading to three years of development. Now it is finally ready for you to ride.

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This Zboard is a weight-sensing electric skateboard that is designed to be faster and easier than riding a regular skateboard. The ZBoard uses foot pads at the front and rear to control its acceleration and braking. It works just like the gas and brake pedal in a car. The more you lean forward, the faster you go, and leaning back full force will stop you quickly.

It’s driven by a powerful 400W motor, and range is depending on the model you buy. The ZBoard Classic can go up to 15 mph, with a 5 mile range, while the ZBoard Pro tops out at 17mph and can go 10 miles on a charge. The deck is made of maple, and it even has a handle built in for easily carrying it around.

The ZBoard has been raising funds for production over on Kickstarter, and has already blown through its goal, raising over $14,000(USD) against its $10,000(USD) goal. It should be in production this April or March. If you pledge now, you can get the ZBoard Classic for $495, but after March, 15th, you will have to pay the retail price of $599. The ZBoard Pro is going for $745 until March 15th, then will retail for $849.

It looks like this could be a great mode of transportation for skateboarders who want something different.

[via Redferret]

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