It is a very exciting time for the electric skateboard industry.
The range of electric propulsion concepts for electric skateboards have increased substantially in 2015. Just last year the only common option was using a satellite motor, motor mount hardware, drive belt & pulleys to propel your eboard. This was the motor configuration of choice for the now famous Kickstater campaign by Boosted Boards. This satellite motor option is basically the standard for every other brand of electric skateboard currently on the market.
Then, in Early 2015, the option of hub motors was on the radar. With the successful KickStarter campaign by InBoard making the option of a “Hub Motor” become a broadly accepted (if not tested) electric skateboard propulsion configuration. Now Mid 2015 we have Geared Hub motors being offered by another Succesfully funded Kickstater campaigner called Stary…
The interesting thing about these three campaigns is the only tried & tested propulsion option so far is a Mounted motor with gears & pulley, which from now on I will classify this as a Satellite Motor Configuration.
So what will be the dominate motor configuration option for DIY Electric skateboard builders in years to come?
Will the hub motor or geared hub motor prove to be a reliable choice?
Can the performance of a hub motor truly satisfy the the adrenaline seeking e-board riders who want ball tearing torque & acceleration?