An electric skateboard is very much like a traditional skateboard — but with an electric motor.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a handful of electric skateboard companies form, each creating their own e-boards in a variety of shapes, sizes, with different top speeds and battery life. Most require a controller to function and some are upwards of $1,500, but above all, they’re a joy to ride. There’s something special about standing on a plank of wood with wheels and effortlessly cruising at 20 mph

One of the biggest downsides to electric skateboards, aside from price, is range. Many e-boards that exist today can’t go even 10 miles without needing to be recharged. This will get better as time goes on, but right now there is only one company addressing this issue — the Metroboard promises a range of 40 miles on a single charge Read more…

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I rode a Metroboard electric skateboard 30 miles around Manhattan — on one charge