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CES 2014: E-Go lets you skateboard to the next frontier

- January 14th, 2014

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As a kid growing up I relied heavily on bicycles and roller-skates but when it came to things like skateboards, I didn’t feel like I had the combined agility and leg power needed to take me on longer distances. And while I’m much older now, the new Yuneec E-Go Cruiser skateboard just might coax me into reliving that time in my youth.

E-Go Cruiser is not just any skateboard; it’s the latest in personal electronic transportation. That’s jargon for a high-tech battery powered skateboard the company rolled out; pardon the pun, at CES 2014.

It runs on a hefty two-pound 7.8Ah lithium-ion battery, tucked in to the underside of the board, that’s designed to give you three hours of travel time and a riding range of about 30-35km. You won’t be cruising at highway speeds so don’t think you’re going to take this on a long trip, but you can get up to 12.5 mph or a little over 20 km/h and it’s powerful enough to still get you up a 10% incline.

According to the manufacturer, the actual performance you get will depend on a number of factors including the rider’s weight (maximum 100KG), travelling speed, surface resistance, riding style and even the ambient temperature. Recharge time via AC is about two to three hours or three to five hours depending on the battery’s state and temperature.

At 6.4 kg, the company says it’s the world’s lightest electric longboard and even with the built-in battery, the body still has a flexible deck and adjustable ride to satisfy the pickiest boarders.

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Canadian Maple, eh!

The deck also has a local connection. It’s made of eight layers of good old-fashioned Canadian Maple, with one layer being orange for a funky look and to match its 90mm wheels. It’s weatherproof, but not waterproof, so it’s probably not a good idea to ride in the rain or go through a plethora of puddles. Furthermore, it has a robust design, but it’s suggested that it not be bumped up against curbs, used on takeoff ramps or used in jumps or for board tricks.

Control via Remote or iOS Device

You can control the skateboard with its supplied wireless Bluetooth remote control, about the size of a cell phone, that features a sliding throttle /brake slider, a speed limiter and an LED battery indicator. It also has a built-in flashlight. The remote can be recharged with any USB style charger. Alternately you can use your iOS device, with its companion app, to make it go. Android compatibility is expected at a later date.

If you like you can also go totally manual and use E-Go without any power like any regular longboard.

Turning with your E-GO is similar to snowboarding you simply lean forward on your toes or backward on your heels to turn in either direction.

E-Go Cruiser by Yuneec International Co., Ltd comes with a wireless remote control, battery charger and a truck (front and rear axle) tool. It retails for $699 and is available for pre-order with a $100 deposit directly from E-GO.com.

Seems like a cool and practical way to get back into skateboarding and maybe even reduce your carbon footprint along the way. However, if you thought walking while texting was dangerous, imagine navigating one of these with an iPhone in hand.

Photo courtesy Yuneec Technology.

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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1 comment

  1. Ernie | January 15, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Nice. its very good .

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