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The world is not lacking electric skateboards and places to buy them these days. It goes the same for electric scooters and electric bikes. It’s like people will try to come up with just about any sort of invention to avoid walking altogether. But let’s get back to electric skateboards. Now, some say they put a massive dent into the whole skateboard idea and, based on their ethos; we might as well see electric rollerblades making their way into online shops. Purists aside, electric skateboards can provide a cheaper, easier-to-haul alternative to chunky e-bikes and e-scooters. As you’d expect, they’re available in all shapes and sizes (also prices, for that matter), and they’ll keep coming like that.

One such new e-skateboard design is Headless Boards’ Electric Cruiser. The Seattle-based company argues that its product is “substantially different” from other offerings for a simple reason: it doesn’t have a handheld controller, which means you’ll get the electricity flowing by pushing it the old-school way, and all the electric motor will do is maintain the speed you’ve achieved. Let’s get into more details.

Headless Boards Electric Cruiser Skateboard - Design

The trick Headless Boards pulled with their new e-skateboard - besides the “thrill without the bill” motto that reflects the product’s entry-level price tag (we’ll get to that) is that it has a single button that controls its electro-assist features, and that button is located on the board, where you’d put back foot while riding it. When pressed by stepping on it, the button engages the electric motor, but the rider can also disengage it by releasing his or her foot, allowing the e-skateboard to coast unpowered, like a conventional one would.

Headless Boards says the e-skateboard’s power system is set up in such a way that it maintains a board speed of up to 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers per hour) for a distance of six miles (9.6 kilometers) on a single charge.

That’s without the rider kicking. If you decide to combine the electric assist with random kicks, then you’re looking at an extended range and greater speeds.

Headless Boards' Electric Cruiser Skateboard Brings “The Thrill Without The Bill”
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In addition, the Electric Cruiser doesn’t come with a remote, like other e-skateboards provide. That’s because, according to the skateboard’s makers, remotes come with a steep learning curve and will also keep one of your hands busy. Which is something we can’t really argue with. That’s where the clever button we described earlier comes into play: all the rider has to do is give the skateboard a push (however hard he or she likes) and use the back foot to press the button, letting the e-skateboard’s electric motor maintain a constant speed.

Now, the skateboard tips the scales at just 5.5 pounds, which is roughly around 2.5 kilograms. So, lightness: check!

It’s also pretty compact, as it stretches to 22 inches (mm) in length and six inches (mm) in width, with a ground clearance of 4.5 inches (mm).

Practicality: check! The DC brushed electric motor that powers the Electric Cruiser puts out 200 watts, which should be enough for you to carve your way through crowded sidewalks but also enjoy decent cruising speeds once you’re out of congestion.

Headless Boards' Electric Cruiser Skateboard Brings “The Thrill Without The Bill”
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Moreover, the wheels measure 60 millimeters in diameter and look pretty apt at absorbing most of the irregularities on the ground - needless to say, this is still a skateboard, so it doesn’t possess the off-road prowess of an e-bike or e-scooter, so you’ll want to keep it on flatter, smooth surfaces that are more to its liking.

When will I get the Electric Cruiser? Who can ride it?

Headless Boards' Electric Cruiser Skateboard Brings “The Thrill Without The Bill”
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Hear this out: Headless Boards says rider weight and size don’t affect performance and backs that up by saying that their team “includes persons between 5’8” and 6’6” and there were negligible differences,” but since the skateboard’s deck is only 22 x 5.5 inches (56 x 14 centimeters), people with larger feet will have less space at their disposal.

The Electric Cruiser can be pre-ordered off Headless Boards website for $199 (at the time of writing, the price was down from $299). The first deliveries are expected to arrive in February 2020, with the company shipping out pre-orders in the order that they were placed.

Headless Boards Electric Cruiser Skateboard - Specs

Headless Boards' Electric Cruiser Skateboard Brings “The Thrill Without The Bill”
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Range 6 miles
Top speed 6 miles per hour
Motor power 200 watts
Control single deck-mounted button
Deck size 22 x 5.5 inches (56 x 14 centimeters)
Wheels 60 millimeters diameter
Weight 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms)
Length 22 inches
Width 6 inches
Height 4.5 inches
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