What's an esk8 or electric skateboard ?
Well, an electric skateboard is a skateboard with a battery and one or more electric motor, controlled by a remote. It's meant to transport people with style using "clean" energy.
Although not super affordable, it's good alternative way of transportation. People also use it to go around or commute but it's also an extreme sport (the speed record on an electric longboard is 95.83 km/h - 59.55 mph); some people even build mountain electric skateboard so they can ride everywhere they want on rough terrain.
Composition of an electric skateboard
It's actually composed parts you would find on a regular skateboard or longboard, plus a few extra (in italic).
- a deck (+ grip tape)
- wheel bearings
- drivetrain (external electric motor, pulleys and belt or hub motor)
- ESC (Electronic Speed Control) unit
- remote control and receiver
See ? It's not that bad is it ?
Each part has its importance though and must not be neglected. And we have detailed docs for each of them:
Basic information about decks for esk8, what to look for and pay attention to
Not all trucks will work for an esk8, it all depends on your drivetrain
As the unique components that links your board to the ground, it is quite a big deal
Learn more about wheel bearings, a small but important component of your skateboard/longboard setup
Learn more about esk8 drivetrains (hub motors, or belt & pulleys system)
Elecric Brushless Motors
Hubs or belt drive, there's always a brushless motor behind to make your electric skate move
Learn more about how batteries work and what type do you need to choose.
ESC - Electronic Speed Controller
What's an ESC and what's its role ?