So I’ve been working on an eSk8 business for awhile now and we’re about 1 week away from launching on Kickstarter. I wanted to give you the heads up to ask questions and give you some details on what we’re building and why.
Our company is called Dash Electric, can be found on Facebook or www.DashElectric.com
I’m a huge fan of the DIY community and our product reflects that(will cover that more later).
But the quick rundown is that we have an electronics package including hub motors that can be mounted to most longboards. We also are offering pre assembled boards, a short board with a kicktail and a 40" drop through with our kits ranging from $500-650 and our completes ranging from $650-800.
Battery: We use LFP batteries and we put them in a beautiful anodized aluminum enclosure(think macbook aluminum) that not only protects the cells from road grime and water but also can contain a fire in the unlikely event of a fire. Our pack is also hot swappable, no screws to undo.
Remote: We have a 2.4Ghz remote that is in an anodized aluminum housing. It comes with different rider modes to help teach new riders. Our beginner mode is REALY easy to use, we made it so you can press full forward on the throttle and the board accelerates smoothly and slowly. You can also hold back on the remote to engage the motor brakes to help hold the board in place as you get on. We also smooth the braking in beginner mode.
Motor: I worked with Jacob awhile back to help design/fund the hub motors in their early stages. Dash has already addressed the tire slipping issue and we are sealing our motors, and including sensors as standard. Really wonderful motors and can’t wait to ship them. Hub motors are so smooth and require pretty much no maintenance which is really great for commuting.
ESC: We have our own ESC that we are planning to use, however, if the VESC 6 turns out to be better and is reliable we will likely offer that as well (and will of course donate to Vedder)
Options: So headlights and tail lights are standard, but our offerings will be either a single or dual motor.
So the DIY community is near and dear to my heart and as a company we don’t want to exclude the DIY community from progress that is made through a funded company, so our product is fully modular. That means every component is user swappable, all the way down to the wireless receiver. So once we are launched we will be selling parts of the board separately so that you can have a tested battery pack and hook up your own ESC, receiver, and motor if you’d like!
This sort of user accessibility into the product also lets us create improved parts over time and you can upgrade components without buying a new board. Eboards are expensive and we want to help keep you on the most up to date tech without breaking the bank!
I’d love to answer any other questions you guys have but we’re really excited to launch!
We’re really interested in engaging new riders, particularly 18-34yr old urban commuters who maybe haven’t considered esk8s in the past. From our polling one of the number one complaints we received from people about why they don’t skate to work is that they feel unprofessional bringing a skateboard to the office. So we’re packaging dash in aluminum with a no graphics bamboo deck. No belts to collect dirt and grime. So this results in a really sleek professional board that you can be proud to carry in to work or class!
edit: Kickstarter has been submitted for review
edit: KICKSTARTER IS LIVE Kickstarter