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The World's Lightest Electric Skateboard. Just 9 lbs, up to 20 MPH, 10+ mile range and a mobile App to control & customize your board

Tampa, FL Product Design
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$250,000 : WHEEL CHOICES - UNLOCKED! We will add another wheel choice! Based on backer feedback so far, the second wheel choice will likely be larger and softer wheels…The final choice will ultimately be based on a Backer Survey right after Kickstarter ends.

$325,000 : EVEN FASTER - UNLOCKED! We will make the Marbel Board capable of going 25 mph. Top speed and acceleration will of course still be completely adjustable in your smartphone App.

$500,000 : SUPER FAST CHARGER - Every Marbel Board will come with a fast charger that is capable of charging the board in 45 minutes. That is over 2 miles of charge in just 10 minutes. 

 The Marbel Board was designed to be lightweight, fast, and easy to use. The entire Marbel electric skateboard weighs in at a record setting 9.9 pounds. Lighter than any electric vehicle in the world.  It has enough power to go 20 MPH uphill, will take you 10 real world miles per charge, and all of the electronics and batteries are completely integrated into the carbon fiber / kevlar deck. On top of that, it connects with your smartphone to fully customize your riding style and even control the throttle of your board. 

 

Whether it is commuting to work, getting to the subway or bus stop, running errands, or trying to just get across a college campus, short trips and urban travel have always been frustrating.  In a car we deal with traffic, parking, and of course rising fuel costs. On a bicycle, we work up a sweat and then have to find a safe place to lock up.

We felt there had to be a better way to handle these short trips. Our goal at Marbel was to build the lightest electric vehicle in the world but also create an amazing user experience.  We have spent the last 2 years dedicated to engineering and designing our Marbel Electric Skateboard… the lightest electric skateboard in the world. With an amazing team, modern technologies, and support from our community we built the Marbel Board to be simple to use, efficient, and exhilarating to ride.

 

 

The Marbel Electric Skateboard IS the lightest electric skateboard in the world. It weighs only 9.9 pounds and is only 30mm at it's thickest point. This makes the board incredibly portable and light enough for you to comfortably carry, even with just one hand.

 

Our battery technology is very similar to what you would find in a Tesla Model S. With one full charge, the board goes 10 miles, and that is not 10 "testing in a lab” miles. In real world conditions, most of our test riders are getting OVER 10 miles per charge. When you do need to recharge, it takes only 90 minutes, and is able to plugin to a standard wall outlet. To achieve this, we partnered with an amazing manufacturer. We use state of the art Lithium-Ion batteries and a custom battery management system, which keeps every cell running at peak performance.  

 

 

 

Our proprietary Carbon Fiber and Kevlar layup is molded into an ultralight unibody deck using a process that combines hand craftsmanship and precision machining. Unibody construction means a higher-quality, less complex design with fewer parts. That translates to a board that’s exceptionally thin and light, yet durable enough to handle the rigors of serious everyday use.  The board provides a nice smooth ride while protecting all of the critical electronics and battery cells encased inside the deck from any sort of impact or bad weather. You do not have to worry if you hit a puddle or get stuck in rain when you are riding a Marbel Board. 

Some early prototypes of the Marbel Carbon Fiber and Kevlar Decks
Some early prototypes of the Marbel Carbon Fiber and Kevlar Decks

 

The nose and tail of the board are the only parts not carbon fiber or kevlar. They are made of Urethane rubber, the same material our wheels are made from. We call them "bumpers", and they completely protect the front and back of the Marbel board from any impact. They also protect the tail of the board when you set it on the ground.  To protect the sides and belly of the board, we utilize a Kevlar composite. 

The question we get most is “How fast does it go?”…Well, it is one of the fastest production electric skateboards ever made.  It has over 2000W of power, and will hit speeds up to 20 MPH.   Our board can even hit 20 MPH going uphill.

We realize that 20 mph is pretty quick, so we have designed the board’s settings to be COMPLETELY customizable through a smartphone app. 

 

 

The DashBoard App is like a Sidekick for your Board
The DashBoard App is like a Sidekick for your Board

The Marbel Board connects with our Dashboard smartphone ( iOS + Android)  App to allow you to fully customize your ride.  It gives you three pre-defined ride modes,  and gives you full control over top speed and acceleration levels. If you want, you can even control the throttle directly from your phone! The Dashboard App also gives you access into the Marbel community.  It gives you the ability to map, compare, and even share your favorite rides with friends and other Marbel riders. 

Starter Mode - Recommended when just starting out on the board. This mode only lets you go 6 MPH and accelerates at only 25%
ECO Mode -  Lets you get the maximum range! this mode will look at your past hour of riding to see exactly how you like to ride.  It then applies an algorithm to slightly adjust those settings. On average you should get about 1 extra mile of range from the battery. 
Custom Mode - Gives you full control of the acceleration level you want, and lets you set a top speed you are comfortable with. 
Sport Mode - Gives you every ounce of power and speed the board has. 

 

Other Dashboard App Features

Lock / Unlock - Allows you to set a passcode so the board cannot be used when locked. 
Range Alarm - Set an alarm so you know when the battery gets to a certain level of charge. 
Mapping - Shows a circle on your map to show you exactly what destinations are within your range
Community - See videos and pictures shared by other Marbel board riders!
Support - Reach out to us directly from the App. Let us know what you think.

Check out our video walk through of the Marbel App below.

 

You can control the throttle and braking of the board with our handheld remote or the Marbel DashBoard App. To accelerate forward, you simply push the slider forward. The farther you push it forward, the faster you will go.  If you let the slider go, it will spring back to the center and you will coast, just like a regular longboard. If you pull the slider back it will apply the brakes to slow you down and eventually bring you to a stop.

The Marbel Wireless Handheld Controller
The Marbel Wireless Handheld Controller

Riding the Marbel board is actually easier than riding a regular skateboard. This is because once you get going, you don't need to move your feet or shift your balance. You simply lean left or right in the the direction you want to turn, just like on a regular longboard. Many of our test riders have said they were surprised how easy it was to ride. 

Charging up the Marbel Board
Charging up the Marbel Board

 

 

 

With every pledge level that includes a board you will receive:

  • Marbel Electric Board - completely assembled and ready to roll.
  • Marbel Wireless Handheld Controller - synced and ready to run.
  • Universal Wall Charger - for charging the Marbel Board
  • USB Charger - for charging the Marbel Handheld Controller
  • Marbel Skate Tool - to fine tune and adjust your board
  • Marbel Stickers - so you can spread the word

The Marble board was designed and will continue to be produced and assembled in the USA.  We will use a combination of imported and domestic components to assemble all of the boards in our Tampa, FL manufacturing facility.  We also manufacturer each and every carbon fiber and Kevlar deck right here in Tampa, FL. 

Modifying the DC Motor before Assembly
Modifying the DC Motor before Assembly

 

Using our CNC Milling machine to cut our Motor mounts
Using our CNC Milling machine to cut our Motor mounts

 

Designing, Modeling, and Machining
Designing, Modeling, and Machining

 

 We are almost ready for production. Our Kickstarter funding goal is based on placing orders with our suppliers to build a minimum of 100 Marbel Boards, having our molds manufactured for scalable production of the carbon/kevlar decks, and finalizing the design specs on the Dashboard App. 

Kickstarter is the only place in the world that you can buy a Marbel Board. Pre-ordering today helps us reach those last crucial milestones. In return, you'll be one of the first to get your Marbel Electric Skateboard and be an early adopter of this awesome electric vehicle.  For this, we really cannot thank you enough! 

 

 

Marbel started two years ago with a focus on building innovative electric vehicles. We are a group of engineers and designers who passionately believe in sustainable transportation.  We are fortunate enough to have an outstanding group of advisors and mentors, as well as strong support from our local Tampa community. We hope to show people new ideas about what an electric vehicle can be and share with them new possibilities when it comes to short range transportation. We hope to build excitement about the practicality and efficiency of great electric transportation. 

Our Team:

Matt Belcher - Founder and Materials Engineer
Nate Madera - Software Engineer
Mary Marr - Marketing, Sales, and Brand Development
Yliana J. - Electrical Engineering
Louis Meschino - Photography and Video
Brandin Lewis - Photography and Video
Will Chase - Chief Test Rider


Our Amazing Advisors and Mentors:

Bryan H. - Retail and International Distribution and Product Sourcing
Dave R. - Product Development and Material Sourcing
Bob Schwartzkopf - Sourcing / Site Inspections / Product Design
George Papageorgio - Co-Founder and CEO at International Screening Solutions
Mitch Neff - Global Director of Startup Bus
Hudson Harr - President of ReRev and SunQuest Solar Energy. 

FirstWaVE Accelerator - Access to Funding Advisory, Local Government, Network of over 1500 Entrepreneurs

Brandin Lewis and Louis Meschino for filming and editing the ridiculously good kickstarter video above.  Amy Genevie for believing in and supporting us, even in the very very beginning.  Guy Marr for his constant support and encouragement for every idea we've come up with. Darin Lewis and the entire MEGA team for their guidance and stress relief, when things got crazy during the design process. Roger Belcher for flying across the country to help us man our first public showing at OneSpark.  George Everitt for allowing us to use his amazing Tesla Model S for our video shoot... and taking all of us on an awesome test drive! 

And of course ALL of our Family and Friends who have been our mainstay through the process over the last 2 years! 

 Our rewards include FREE delivery to the contiguous 48 states. But due to lithium batteries and restrictions on shipping methods, International backers and backers in Alaska and Hawaii will receive a $50 credit towards the actual shipping costs of your board.  We will contact you after the project is funded to make the arrangements. International backers will also be responsible for all duties, customs fees, and taxes for their orders.

We will also send you a message after the campaign ends to get shirt sizes and also let you choose your wheel colors (Black or Blue)

SAFETY

We've spent a lot of time making the Marbel board very user friendly, but it's a powerful machine and exhilarating to ride. That means you can still fall, and potentially hurt yourself or others or worse. Always wear a helmet, personal protective gear, don't ride outside your limits, learn in a safe environment on "Starter Mode" and use common sense.

LEGALITY

Laws and regulations regarding electric vehicles, and electric skateboards, vary by country, state, county, and municipality, so please check the local legal status of this product before you ride it.

Risks and challenges

The Marbel Electric Skateboard is an advanced product and getting into full scale production is never easy. Thankfully we've are working with amazing suppliers and component manufacturers to make it happen.

Dashboard App - Still has to be approved by Apple and Google Play stores.

Some of our electronic components may have longer lead time than we foresee. We will be placing orders with our suppliers immediately after the Kickstarter campaign ends. We already have a back up supplier/manufacturer selected for almost every long lead time component of the board.

Battery and Electronic certification can sometimes be very quick or some times much longer if designs need to have slight modifications. We will be collaborating with certification testing laboratories to make this processes as smooth as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • The board acceleration and braking is controlled by a wireless handheld remote. To turn, you use your body weight as you would on a normal longboard.

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  • Yes and no... because the bottom of the board is completely sealed you can ride through almost any puddle and light rain. However, wet conditions can ruin your bearings and greatly reduce traction, so you do have to be careful.

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  • Absolutely. The Marbel Board will come with at least a twelve month warranty on the battery and all hardware. We are able to offer such a strong warranty because almost any issue on the board can be diagnosed with our DashBoard App.

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  • Yes, we are in the process of finishing our iOS App and work begins on the Android app shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends.

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  • Yes. The Marbel board can easily handle any hill up to an 15% grade. The steepest hill we have gone up is 21% and that was at very close to full speed.

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  • Yes! There is a little bit of resistance from the drivetrain but you can still push like a normal longboard when the power is off.

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  • The battery is not user switchable. We might include this option as a stretch goal if the funding goes well. But right now the battery system is only replaceable at our production facility.

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  • The limit we suggest is 250 lbs. Performance won't really change on the flat ground but heavier riders may see a slow down on steep hills

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  • We have a few boards set aside for test rides here in Tampa, FL. So if you are in the area shoot us an email (hello@ridemarbel.com). We will be trying to setup demo locations each week.

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  • Charging the battery over 1,000 times doesn't make the board completely useless. It just reduces the charge capacity to around 75% (~7.5 miles of range) after that. The battery also falls under our one-year warranty together with the entire Marbel Board. Keep in mind 1,000 charges is about 10,000 miles of riding.

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  • Yes. If you want (for example) two Marbel Board rewards so you and your friend can go riding together... then you just need to increase your pledge* from $1099 (current price right now) to $2198. Basically just doubling it to let us know you want two.

    * to increase your pledge, first select the pledge that most closely matches the reward you want and then on the next page you will have the option to adjust the pledge amount.

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  • Yes we do ship Internationally! You can order a board on Kickstarter right now! We love the idea of having Marbel riders all over the world. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to cover the cost of international shipping during our first production run, but If you pre-order a Marbel Board we will absolutely ship it to you!

    International shipping costs will be finalized right after Kickstarter. We already have met with several international shipping services but which one we pick depends on the number and location of the International pledges from Kickstarter. You also receive a $50 credit toward the actual shipping costs of the board.

    For Example: One shipping service quoted us $170 to ship the Marbel Board to the UK. With the $50 credit the shipping costs would be $120.

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  • Check out http://vimeo.com/ridemarbel We post all the latest videos there first!

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Rewards

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    THANK YOU - Get listed as a supporter on the Marbel website. Please share our project and help us spread the word!

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    33 backers

    DECALS - Durable, UV safe vinyl Marbel logo decals. Stick it on your board, laptop, helmet, or wherever!

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    31 backers

    T-SHIRT - Get your Kickstarter exclusive Marbel T-Shirt. This one is just for backers. Stay stylish and comfortable with this great looking shirt.

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    12 backers

    HOODIE - Get your Kickstarter exclusive Marbel Hoodie. This one is just for backers. Stay stylish and comfortable in the cool weather!

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    MARBEL BOARD “SUPER EARLY BIRD” - Our first 25 supporters can get their Board at the very lowest price! Includes the Marbel Board, Handheld Controller, and everything you need to get started!

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    74 backers Limited (1 left of 75)

    MARBEL BOARD "EARLY BIRD" - You will receive a board from our first full production run. Includes the Marbel Board, Handheld Controller, and everything you need to get started!

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    208 backers Limited (92 left of 300)

    MARBEL BOARD - You will receive a board from our second batch of shipments. Includes the Marbel Board, Handheld Controller, and everything you need to get started!

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    2 backers

    MARBEL BOARD - You will receive a board from our third batch of shipments. Includes the Marbel Board, Handheld Controller, and everything you need to get started!

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    FULL CUSTOM MARBEL BOARD - You will receive a board from our second batch of shipments. Includes the Marbel Board, Handheld Controller, and everything you need to get started! - You pick the paint color of the deck, color of the wheels, what bearings you want, and even custom grip tape!

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    Receive a production board signed by the whole Marbel team. Plus visit the Marbel team in Tampa at our facility and we'll even take you out to dinner, You will be responsible for your own transportation to the Tampa area.

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Funding period

- (30 days)