I just wanted to put a little idea out there for a build I am planning on starting mid-summer. I go to school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and there are quite a few E-Sk8s popping up all around campus, most are DIY. I saw a video of an 8 wheel skateboard, and instantaneously knew what I wanted to make. An 8 wheel 4WD E-Sk8!
Now, I know what some of you are thinking.
“It’s not cost effective.” “It won’t be efficient.” “It’s too complicated!”
But that’s not the point. The point is to make something truly unique! I want to make a board that a bystander will do a double take and say “wait… that is an 8 wheel longboard… and he’s not even pushing!”
I have already been tossing around ideas on paper. Here is one belt layout I’ve been thinking about. It’s by no means my final design, but is merely a schematic to show what it might look like.
There may be some issues with the motor pulley skipping, I’ll look into it.
There is still so much left to do. Lots of modeling in CAD, lots of machining (my specialty at WPI ), and lots of trial and error. And most of all, I have to finish my current E-Sk8 project before I head off for a project term in Copenhagen, Denmark (Really looking forward to E-Sk8ing there! Most bike friendly city in the world!).
What do you guys think? Please give me all your thoughts!