An electric skateboard, also known as an electric inline skateboard, is a self-propelled skateboard powered by an electric motor. An electric skateboard has fewer moving parts than a normal skateboard, and the deck itself is supported by two wheel weight-balancing systems. The electric skateboard typically operates between thirty and fifty kilometers per hour, with extreme riders being able to go up to one hundred twenty kilometers per hour. Most electric skateboards come equipped with a five-year limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
Because an electric skateboard runs primarily off of one electric motor, unlike a gas powered vehicle that has more than one motor (as in the combustion engine of a car), there are two major advantages to electric skateboarding: first, the individual rider can accelerate faster because the electric motor provides increased torque; and second, because there is less wear and tear on the battery, the skateboard lasts longer than typical skateboards. Because of these benefits, electric skateboards have become very popular with consumers who are looking for a new form of transportation. For these riders, the ability to accelerate quickly is important, and the ability to brake rapidly is even more crucial. A good skateboard will be able to hold its speed for a very long time, making it a great recreational vehicle for people who want to take part in sporting activities, as well as those who simply like to go fast!
One of the most popular kinds of electric skateboards today is the remote control, or “robot” type. Remote controlled skateboards are very much like the actual skateboards that riders see people riding on ramps, in parks, and outside large events such as skateboarding competitions. In these specialized situations, the rider does not need to use his/her own muscles to keep up the speed, as the motor inside the skateboard keeps it going at a constant speed no matter what. In most cases, a rider will need to apply pressure to the right stick on the remote control in order to make the skateboard start moving, and the same goes for applying brake to the board; meaning that the user must use his/her feet, rather than his/her hands, to keep the skateboard in place.