Step aside, Segway. What began as a mechanical engineering project for two seniors at the University of Southern California in 2009 has quickly generated major buzz across the country. Heralded as the “Skateboard of the Future” by Forbes magazine, the ZBoard is an electric skateboard that responds to a rider’s weight distribution. The ZBoard’s deck is equipped with both front and rear foot pads that enable the rider to accelerate or brake, as well as off-road wheels and a built-in handle for convenience.
Lean, Mean, and Green
Considered a green product, the ZBoard has an electric motor that gets a carbon footprint equivalent of up to 1,500 miles per gallon and the product’s modular design makes it simple to swap in and out parts. The ZBoard can also travel across most urban terrain at a top speed of 17 miles per hour and can climb small and medium hills, especially when it gets a rolling start.
Currently, there are three ZBoard models on the market – Classic, Pro, and San Francisco Special – ranging in price from $649-$1,199 and backed by a 90-day limited warranty. The ZBoard can support riders up to 225 pounds and can be fully recharged in just five hours. Although the ZBoard will not roll as well as a standard skateboard, it will roll. However, unlike its non-motorized counterpart, the ZBoard isn’t completely waterproof and shouldn’t be ridden in the rain.
Launched in 2012, the ZBoard is still new to the market but demand is growing. For those looking for an alternative way to commute to work – or heck, tour a city – the ZBoard is a fun and eco-friendly means to get around town. The best part? You won’t look like a mall cop while riding it.