An Alternative Electric Vehicle
Imagine an electric vehicle that has a readily swappable lithium battery pack, a vehicle made with a composite structure so that it is comparatively lightweight and maneuverable, one that can be fully charged in about an hour.
There is one.
It just isn’t a car.
It’s a skateboard. Yes, an electric-powered skateboard produced by Boosted Boards, that is now in its second generation, offering a 199-watt-hour (note: not kilowatt-hour, as is the case with the EVs you’re more familiar with) battery pack; the other battery size for the original board is 99-watt-hours.
The second-gen battery pack can be removed and replaced through the removing and replacing six bolts with a 4-mm hex wrench. (Those battery-swapping approaches by companies ranging from Better Place (founded in 2007; liquidated in 2013) to Tesla haven’t worked out quite so well.)
The smaller battery provides a range of up to seven miles; the bigger one up to 14. The top speed of the board, which features a fiberglass and bamboo deck, is 22 mph.
Charging time for the 99-w-hr battery is one hour. Add 45 minutes for the bigger battery.
The boards start at $999.
No, there isn’t a Federal tax credit for going electric in this case.
Yes, there is a Polestar 1. But it is a hybrid, not an electric vehicle (EV). The Polestar 2 is the company’s first EV—the first of what promises to be many
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.