While it seems like not a day goes by where we don’t hear about some new electric skateboard on Kickstarter, Ivoryboard definitely stands out.
As of March 22, 2017, the Australian-based company met their initial $50,000 goal to begin production of their electric skateboard model. The company has the stated goal, “to create a high-performance electric skateboard at the lowest price possible.”
After looking over their product specifications and design, it’s clear they are serious. Whether or not Ivoryboard will live up to their promises is yet to be seen (they wouldn’t be the first crowdsourced company to hedge back claims once production issues arise), but if they do, you can be sure that this board will be directly responsible for bringing down competitor’s prices from Boosted to Inboard.
The Ivoryboard beats out these two big players in most key areas, such as speed and range, while also coming in it half the cost.
Let’s pop the hood and take a closer look.
Aesthetics-wise, the electric skateboard possesses a sleek design with a modest-sized battery underneath the deck. The board’s black trucks with their built-in LED headlights are also unique and super cool.
The 2000W motor, similar to Mellow Drive, can be swapped out and installed on most decks, giving the rider freedom to customize their board as they please. The deck provided with the board is made from bamboo and fiberglass, offering resilience and flexibility.
Ivoryboard uses two in-wheel hub motors to power their board, in contrast to belt systems used by Boosted Board. The in-wheel hub system requires less maintenance over time and allows kick pushing when the battery dies.
The lithium ion battery can also be swapped out quickly, extending the potential range of each electric skateboard.
What’s really impressive about this electric skateboard is the speed and range. It has a max speed of 25 mph and range per charge of 18 miles! While Boosted and Inboard have similar max speeds of 22 mph each, Ivoryboard blows them out of the water in the range department. Neither Boosted nor Ivory exceeds a 10-mile range per charge.
Ivoryboard also beats out Boosted and Inboard in hill grade capabilities with 30%.
The Ivoryboard electric skateboard is also certified water resistant (unlike Boosted) and contains regenerative braking, which charges the board as it brakes when riding.
The only thing about the Ivoryboard that isn’t crazy impressive is it’s average charge time of 150 min, which, given the range, isn’t really bad at all.
It’s important to remember that the Ivoryboard is still being funded and they are by no means done. The company plans to launch a mobile app when they reach $150,000 on Kickstarter (currently at $70,000).
After all, who wouldn’t want to pay less than half the price for a better product?
Oh, and did we mention that Ivory offers a full one year warranty too? Yeah, thing’s are about to get interesting.