Of all the One Spark Creators we profiled in the lead up to the ‘Worlds First Crowdfunding Festival,’ the one that I was most looking forward to seeing in person was the Marbel Electric Skateboard. I used to skateboard constantly. I son’t skate nearly as much these days, but it is still one of my all-time favorite things to do. So, when I heard there was going to be an electric skateboard at One Spark, it peaked my interest. After seeing it in person, the board actually surpassed my expectations.
There are a few electric skateboards on the market already – I have actually ridden a couple – but for the most part, they are unimpressive. Generally, they are bulky, heavy, and more of a pain in the ass than a real benefit; if you run out of juice in these other boards, they are just about impossible to use as a normal skateboard. The Marbel, on the other hand, is both sleek, and lightweight.
The Marbel skateboard has a super inventive design. The bulk of the electrical hardware is actually contained within the deck itself. The deck is hollow, leaving more than enough room inside for the electric components.There is a good look at this hollow design in the video below at around the 1:28 mark. The board is made of super lightweight and sturdy carbon-Kevlar mixture.
The Marbel skateboard has a top speed of 20 miles per hour, though you probably would not want to go that fast. There is an app that comes along with the board that allows for speed customization, e.g. setting a top speed.While the board is not available just yet, the Marbel team told us that they will retail somewhere between $1000-1200.
Check out our chat with the Marbel team, and watch the board in action below. To vote for Marbel at One Spark, check out their Creator Profile.