Gnarboards Are Electric Skateboards On Steroids

From electric trikes that aren’t your kid’s Big Wheel we go to a very souped up electric skateboard currently soliciting funding on Kickstarter currently to help finish up development of the first units. These Gnarboards, or Gnarly Electric Skateboards, are the idea of one Joshua Tulberg out of California.

The Gnarboards are very aggressive electric skateboards focused upon providing one a lot of bang for the buck in the skateboard parks and sidewalks of one’s hometown. These are quite frankly monsters compared to similar electric skateboards, and come in three flavors depending upon one’s specific riding needs, be it the “commuter,” “road warrior,” or “trail rider.”

Gnarboards

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In terms of differences between these three models of Gnarboards, they come down to difference in power, range and acceleration. The “commuter” model boasts specifications of 1.4 kW of power (7.2 kW peak), an 18 to 21 mile range and 0-28 MPH in 3 seconds; the “road warrior” model comes in at 2 kW of power (8.8 kW peak), a 15 to 18 mile range and 0-28 MPH in 2.8 seconds; the last of three, known as “trail rider,” offers up 3.4 kW of power (16.5 kW peak), 13 to 15 miles of range and 0-28 MPH in 1.9 seconds.

To control these little monsters on four wheels, one makes use of a hand controller tethered to it. There are three simple control choices here, depending upon how it is depressed. These include full accelerate, neutral (coast) and braking. As an added plus to this last choice, one can take advantage of regenerative brakes to help restore power to the lithium-ion polymer battery the skateboard draws its power from.

Other features of note include optional adjustable truck dampers to prevent speed wobbles from happening, an audible fuel gauge to let you know when the battery hits 40 percent capacity, a recharge time of two hours, 2WD or 4WD, interchangeable parts and a dead man’s brake which automatically stops the skateboard if the quick release fitting on the hand controller is disconnected in something like a fall.

Other features of note include optional adjustable truck dampers to prevent speed wobbles from happening, an audible fuel gauge to let you know when the battery hits 40 percent capacity, a recharge time of two hours, 2WD or 4WD, interchangeable parts and a dead man’s brake which automatically stops the skateboard if the quick release fitting on the hand controller is disconnected in something like a fall.

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