Whether you own a car or not, alternative modes of transportation are important for a variety of reasons. They can be cheaper, better for the environment and more effective depending on where you’re going.
That last mile of transportation has yet to be really looked into. That’s the distance from wherever you get off public transportation to wherever your destination is. Now it’s being looked into.
Boosted Boards, a company from Palo Alto, Calif., is attempting to revolutionize last mile travel. It’s essentially a longboard with electric motors under the trucks. The motors only add four additional pounds on the prototype. They can reach up to 20 mph and power up steady inclines. You can recharge the motor battery when you break on the board because it’s electric. It’s kind of like a mini Prius.
This is a great invention for major cities. More people are looking for convenient, yet eco-friendly ways to do things. A foreseeable problem would be marketing in colder climates. The motors are facing the ground. Damaging the motors is also a likely possibility. It could be costly to repair the motors, which could defeat the purpose of buying an alternative mode of transportation. Then again, with the popularity of the rental economy, if this business gets off the ground they might start a rental site.
At any rate, many young adults fighting to get into the workforce are without a car. This is definitely something to look into if that’s the case.
Check out Boosted Boards on Kickstarter if you’re interested in supporting.