Slovenian startup NGV (Next Generation Vehicle) has developed an electric longboard, aiming to reach the maximum speed of 100 km/h.
According to the company, what makes their product so unique is the fact that this is the only electric longboard in the world able to compete with conventional skateboards in terms of reaching similar speeds. Riding an electric longboard, you will go, according to NGV, just as fast as you would on your ordinary longboard when making a free drop. The team plans to set a speed record riding an electric longboard, starting off by trying to break the 100 km/h limit.
The 'Next Boards' product will be available in 3 various models, depending on your needs and interests: the Bullet with a 4-wheel drive was created to reach very high speeds of over 100 km/h and is powered by four 2600 W electric motors and a 400 Wh battery. The board comes with industrial SKF bearings and with standard-dimension-wheels, which are custom-designed for reaching high speeds.
The Fun model also comes with a 4-wheel drive, powered by four 2000 W electric motors and a 200 Wh (or 400 Wh) battery, meeting the requirements of experienced, expert skateboarders as well as beginners, since they are able to adjust their maximum allowed speed, ranging from 20 km/h to 70 km/h. Other adjustable parameters include acceleration, braking power, braking speed, final braking power and gas sensitivity.
If you only wish to use the longboard recreationally, then you should opt for a 2-wheeled Cruiser with two 2000 W electric motors and a 200 Wh battery. You can set your top speed between 20 km/h and 50 km/h, as well as other skating parameters.
NGV's project is backed by Guiness World Record holder for the fastest skateboard speed from a standing position, Mischo Erban, who reached his top speed of 130 km/h on an ordinary longboard. For him and other skateboarders of similar rank, the company designed the Bullet model.
All the boards come with custom-made wooden decks (nine layers of maple veneer), high quality Ronnin or Randal trucks, custom-designed motors (optimized for skateboard use), industrial bearings and quality custom-designed wheels (with a quick-change option). To prevent dust and particles from entering the interior of the electric motors, they are almost hermetically tucked inside the wheels. Charging the battery will only take 1,5 hours – on a full charge (and not going too fast) users are expected to reach somewhere between 10 to 15 kilometers.
With their products the company strives to reach customers on the American market, however they will not leave European enthusiasts out in the cold. NGV stated that a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign should begin sometime this autumn, raising funds in order to go into production, although definite pricing and commercial availability estimates haven't yet been revealed.