A high-density city, campus or neighborhood is a great place to live and work, but it can be afrustrating place to get around. From congestion to limited space to bike thieves, many factors make transportation slower, more expensive and less fun.
Were focused on building simple, efficient, and fun ways to make this better. The Boosted board integrates well with todays mix of transportation, from public transit to private vehicles to ridesharing. It can be carried in cars and on public transit, or it can be a primary vehicle for short distances. It easily goes indoors and upstairs and doesnt require parking. It also has low overhead and costs for energy and maintenance.
While our boards offer incredible performance and are so much fun to ride, they are also reliable and dependable everyday vehicles. In fact, more than half the respondents in our most recent rider survey use their boards frequently or daily for commuting.
Some riders cover hundreds of miles each month, and were especially proud that the boards connected to our app have cumulatively covered over a million miles.
Today, were excited to announce our 2nd generation board. Our design and engineering teams focused on opening up longer distances and more riding conditions while improving safety, reliability, and durability. This makes the board an even better solution to some of the acute transportation challenges we face. Heres a highlight of whats new in the 2nd generation board:
Swappable Battery with Optional Extended Range: There are now two battery options, both swappable in minutes so you can choose the range you need. The standard 99 watt-hour battery averages 6-7 miles (10-11 km) of range and is air-transport certified. The extended range 199 watt-hour battery averages 12-14 miles (20-22 km) while adding an incredibly light 0.75 lbs (340 g) and slim 0.3 in (8 mm) to the battery enclosure. Neither affects the bamboo decks flexibility and handling.
Upgraded Radio Connectivity: The Bluetooth radio that connects the board to the remote is upgraded for improved signal strength and security. Weve also added a second Bluetooth radio to allow a full-time connection to your phone or smartwatch for ride tracking, dashboards and more.
Upgraded Deck and Drivetrain: The board is still based on the amazing Loaded Vanguard deck. The Orangatang wheels are now 80mm for a smoother ride, and the trucks are now custom for improved carving. Upgrades to the motors and transmission have resulted in more motor torque, cooler operation, lighter weight and easier maintenance. Our belt drive transmission still multiplies motor torque by 3x, giving you better braking, acceleration and hill climbing.
Accessory Port: A high-power port can now be used to power external accessories like onboard headlights, taillights and charging ports.
Modular Components: Board components are now modular and user-swappable, allowing you to easily service and upgrade your board, minimizing downtime and getting you back to riding sooner.
International Certification: Thanks to international certification (and our modular design), we are now able to begin accepting reservations from international customers. We cant wait to hear amazing stories from Boosted riders worldwide.
Starting today, you can reserve your board with a refundable $100 deposit. We will collect the balance and confirm your choice of drivetrain and battery as we approach your boards ship date.
Thank you for all your support and for sharing in the next step towards our goal: simple, efficient, and fun electric vehicles for everyone. We hope you enjoy riding the new Boosted boards as much as weve loved designing them.
Sanjay Dastoor May 2016