Gone are the days when you actually had to push a skateboard with your foot. Imagine that. In recent news, a college student has taken the longboard and made it electric giving commuters another option when it comes to transportation to and from school/work. This Tag Heuer inspired prototype can go an astonishing 60 mph for about 35 miles before it needs to be plugged in. Now, think about this, have you ever ridden a skateboard and hit a rock? You launch forward and the board stops…..Now, do that at 60 mph. I’m guessing it will be a completely different experience.
The board is made of black matte carbon fiber and rose gold. It comes with a remote (there is storage for it in the board) that controls the speed and braking. With the elegant design, you wonder how beat up it will get going 60 mph over uneven terrain. A college student, Guen Park, who attends the University of Seoul, designed the e-board for a graduation project. That’s some project!
It would seem this board would not be for the novice rider. With the amount of drag that’s created going over 50 mph, there would need to be a lot of compensating going on to not be filled with terror that you’re about to eat pavement. I wonder how long it would be before a stick was added to the board for people to hang on to – effectively turning it into a scooter. Also, how long it takes to go from 0-60 and back to 0 again. What kind of turning power could you have at top speed?
Granted, it was a college project designed by a student, but you can imagine this design is turning heads and getting people thinking. Some wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” and others wondering, “How do we bring that to market?” Guessing he won’t have a problem finding work after he graduates, or ever for that matter. Nice job, kid!