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AN UL­TRA­FAST ELEC­TRIC SKATE­BOARD BUILT FOR THE LONG HAUL

THE LAT­EST ELEC­TRIC SKATE­BOARD CON­QUERS HILLS, HITS 20 MPH ON LEVEL GROUND, AND TRAV­ELS 16 MILES ON A SIN­GLE CHARGE.

SKATE­BOARDS ARE BUILT for short dis­tances and big air. Lengthy rides? Not so much. Com­mute to the of­fice on one and you’ll be sod­den with sweat from what Lupe Fi­asco called the “kick… push.” The elec­tric Zboard 2 Blue is de­signed for the long haul. Fit­ted with a high-ef­fi­ciency, 500-watt brush­less mo­tor, the 16-pound board can out­pace a North Amer­i­can road­run­ner. It works like this: A pair of curved, pres­sure-sen­si­tive foot­pads on the deck en­gage an ac­cel­er­a­tor and a set of brakes. The sys­tem is re­spon­sive and easy to guide—all that’s re­quired is a lit­tle bal­ance. No, the elec­tric cruiser’s not meant for kick­flips, rail grinds, or even ol­lies (the en­gine sits on the deck’s un­der­side), but it can zip up hills and con­quer dis­tances that would leave other rid­ers relac­ing their Vans and pre­par­ing for a long walk home. $1,199; zboard­shop.com

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