The technology required to make the LEIF powered and move just like a snowboard is much more complicated than any other electric skateboard. The tech behind our tandem-rotating caster wheel requires a lot of custom and expensive components. We are also using the best batteries on the market, since they will go 16,000 miles before needing to be replaced!
This tech, as well as the fact the board needs 2 sets of high-end motors and custom components, are why the price is $1,300. It seems high at first, but it is a bargain compared to other high-end electric skateboards like the Boosted Board ($2,000) or Evolve ($1,500) that don't have the snowboard capabilities.
It burns our hearts to have the price where it is, but this will change over time. This project is simply about having the capabilities of being able to snowboard everywhere. We are hoping to connect with others that feel the same way about snowboarding everywhere through this KickStarter campaign. Maybe we'll find enough like-minded people to get funded, maybe not. But our hearts compel us to try our hardest to make this happen!