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ZBoard Electric Skateboard is Propelled by Your Body Weight

Posted By Lori Zimmer On March 27, 2012 @ 2:57 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation | 1 Comment

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If you’ve always wanted the convenience of riding a skateboard [2], but are just too clumsy, the ZBoard [3] electric skateboard may be for you! Reminiscent of Back to the Future’s Hoverboard [4], the intelligent weight-sensing skateboard is the world’s first. All you have to do to get is going is to simply lean into it and it will propel forward!

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The lightweight ZBoard is more convenient and portable than a bicycle, but still a great mode of green transportation. Innovative weight sensors have been installed on the Zboard’s deck [6], in front and rear foot pads. The variable sensors control the speed that you go — so lean harder forward to go faster, ot lean back and stop.

The ZBoard is an electric device, and can be charged by plugging [7] into a standard 110V wall outlet at home. Complete with a Lithium-ion battery, it powers up in just 5 hours. The wheels of Z Board are unlike a standard skateboard [8], using off road wheels to ensure safety. A handle helps for easy carrying when not riding.

ZBoard tops off at a speed of about 17mph and can travel for around 10 miles before having to be recharged. The two models, ZBoard Classic and ZBoard Pro, each have a 400W electric motor [9] and weigh between 30-37 lbs.

The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign [3] for preordering the electric skateboard. The proceeds will give backers first access to the boards in April, and help fund their California-based manufacturing.

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/zboard-electric-skateboard-is-propelled-by-your-body-weight/zboard4/

[2] skateboard: http://inhabitat.com/agent-recycles-accidental-books-into-polished-paper-skateboards/

[3] ZBoard: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1645804961/the-zboard-the-weight-sensing-electric-skateboard

[4] Hoverboard: http://inhabitat.com/cern-anti-gravity-and-flying-cars-could-soon-be-here/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/zboard-electric-skateboard-is-propelled-by-your-body-weight/zboard3/

[6] installed on the Zboard’s deck: http://inhabitat.com/electric-mind-control-skateboard-uses-your-brain-signals-to-carry-you-around/

[7] charged by plugging: http://inhabitat.com/california-to-get-new-network-of-ev-charging-stations/

[8] skateboard: http://inhabitat.com/haroshi-transforms-salvaged-skateboards-into-sculptures-that-pay-tribute-to-skateboarders-3/

[9] electric motor: http://inhabitat.com/insane-russian-attack-bike-is-powered-by-a-chainsaw/

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