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May 26, 2014

​Marbel’s electric skateboard doesn’t look like an electric skateboard

by John_A

Big wheels, heavy motors and enormous batteries: electric skateboards certainly have a type. It doesn’t have to be that way — the latest motorized deck to hit Kickstarter almost looks like a normal longboard. The Marbel Board claims to be the world’s lightest electric skateboard, weighing in at 9.9 pounds. That’s lighter than the Boosted Board or ZBoard for sure, but its weight loss cuts into the vehicle’s battery life: Marbel slows down after 10 miles of city travel, about half the range of its nearest competitors.

It may not take you as far on a charge, but the board promises to shine in other ways: it’s capable of exceeding 20 mph, and its top speed can be customized (via a companion app) to a level the rider is comfortable with. It’s made of strong stuff, too — the deck is a unibody construction built from carbon fiber and Kevlar layers; it’s waterproof. A new ride will set you back $1,199, unless you score an early bird model. Check out the board’s Kickstarter page for more details.

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