Purdue University nuclear engineering student Joe Carabetta is one of growing number of Americans who apparently feel that exerting any physical power whatsoever to move his body through space is simply too hard. Why exercise when you can let the magic of electricity do the work for you? That may be one of the unstated reasons he and a friend created the Kickr electric skateboard, according to a story in USA Today.
Kickr is a modular skateboard attachment that has transformed Carabetta’s Original carving longboard into an electric board that can reach speeds up to 25 mph. The product name also is the name of the company. . . When you step on a custom throttle pad, the device sends a signal to the motor that spins the wheel. The motor assembly employs a truck axle to connect to the skateboard. The device can adjust to multiple wheel sizes.
Carabetta and his partner think they can sell the motors for $400 a piece and that’s much cheaper than a little rascal.
[Link: USA Today]