As alternative transportation has seen an increase in public interest over the last few years, one product that I’ve been interested in checking out is an electric skateboard. Now I really want one. The Bajaboard seemingly does it all with a rugged frame that can go places other electric four-wheelers can’t. It’s like a miniaturized dune-buggy for Tony Hawk. Thanks to an aluminum suspension system, you can hit speeds up to 31mph on the sidewalk or off-road. It fits the bill for commuters too, offering up to 22-miles of range on a full charge.
The Bajaboard is controlled via a handheld remote that includes a built-in LED display which communicates range, power remaining, distance traveled and more. Based out of Australia, it ships to many countries including the US. Prices start at $3,299 for the G4 model and $3,999 for the upgraded G4X that can handle bit more weight. The next batch is set to ship in April.
BajaBoard started as a hobby project in 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. At that time, e-boards were on the rise, and being referred to as “last-mile” commuting devices. With the legality of e-boards on roads being questionable at the best of times, a trio of Melbourne engineers decided to create a machine that would take themselves off the beaten path. The whole thing started, as so many projects do, in the home garage. Developing the BajaBoard was like trying to fit an off-road car under a snowboard. It wasn’t just a matter of putting fat tires onto a skateboard – everything was designed from the ground up, including riding dynamics. The board handles partly like a snowboard and partly like a motorbike.