About this project
from the Mellow headquarters in Hamburg. After years of dreaming, engineering and prototyping we are now proud to launch Mellow – The Endless Ride. Mellow is a state of the art compact electric drive that fits under any skateboard. It turns any normal skateboard into an electric skateboard – within minutes.
We are boardsports enthusiasts. And like many others we miss the feeling of freedom we get from surfing and snowboarding when we are back home in the city. Inspired by the invention of the first skateboards 50 years ago, we now want to take the asphalt surf to the next level. In terms of flexibility, riding pleasure, quality and sustainability.
None of the existing rides on the market could satisfy all our expectations. That’s why we designed Mellow. It's a flexible system that easily adapts to your individual needs. It’s mountable, which means you can choose any board you like and transform it into your Electric Mellow Board. Mellow also comes with a swappable battery, giving you the freedom to ride for as long as you like.
What we love about surfing and snowboarding is the effortless floating feeling of the ride. We wanted to make sure that Mellow gave us the same feeling, so minimum weight and maximum latitude was vital, when we started prototyping. The two in-wheel motors deliver direct transmission and a performance that will let you carve powerfully, fly up hills and put a big smile on your face. Whats more - our motors can free wheel too. There are no belts and transmissions involved so there is no friction what so ever. A Mellow Board pushes just like a normal longboard .
Ok, you might have heard that Germans can be a bit pedantic. And yes, so are we. At least, when it comes to ensuring the best quality standards for Mellow. For the past five years we talked to a whole bunch of people, researched and never gave up until we finally found the best partners and suppliers that shared our vision of the first high quality electric skateboard Made in Germany. Did we mention Mellow comes with a solid two year guarantee?
We want Mellow to have a big impact. But not a big carbon footprint. Because it’s electric it's a very sustainable mode of transport, but it is also produced locally, which means no extra long supply chains. Because Mellow is mountable it will give old skateboards a new life. If you don’t have one at home, we also offer Mellow as a complete electric skateboard with a handmade deck from our local partners (check out buddybuddy.eu and bastlboards.com).
The Mellow Drive is the first ever drive system for skateboards that can be mounted under pretty much any deck. Just pick your favorite and turn it into a full on riding machine.
- Mountable on any skateboard (standard 6-hole skate-/longboard truck)
- Weight incl. Battery: 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)
- 79 mm Wheels, shore 80a, easily exchangeable
- Solid Aluminum Singleframe
- 4 Riding Modes: Rookie Ride, Eco Ride, Pro Ride, Endless Ride (push once, ride endless)
- USB-Port to charge your phone or any USB device on the go
- Water and dust proof (EU-Norm IP65)
- 2 year Warranty (drive system and remote)
- Size: 370 x 280 x 55 mm (14 x 11 x 2.5 inch)
- Free wheeling when you push - No friction from the motors
Our two in-wheel motors are an amazing piece of technology that is developed and produced in Germany. They deliver an unbeatable torque, performing highly efficiently (95%) with virtually no noise. Completely encapsulated, they are 100% water and dust proof. And because we still want you to feel like you are riding a skateboard, we have gone the extra mile to reduce friction and drag within the motor to a minimum. If the battery is empty and you push the board you won't notice a difference to a normal longboard.
- High efficiency (95%) dual in-wheel motors
- Developed, tested and produced in Germany
- Top Speed: 40 km/h (25 mph)
- Peak System Power: 2300 W
- Torque: 3 Nm (1.5 Nm per motor)
- Maximum Grade: 20%
- Industrial grade, sealed bearings
- Super low friction free wheeling
The swappable battery pack we’ve developed is a tailor-made solution for the Mellow Drive. Thanks to the comfortable click-in mechanism, you can swap it in a matter of seconds. The high quality cells inside come from the same place Tesla gets its cells. Every cell in the pack is constantly monitored by an intelligent Battery Management System (BMS). Not only does this protect the battery against overheating, deep discharge, too high currents and any other damage: it also knows the state of charge and communicates it to the Mellow Control Electronics to maximize your range, power and battery life.
- Custom made click-in swappable Lithium Ion batterypack
- High quality cells – from the the same place Tesla gets theirs
- Range: 15 km (10 miles)
- Weight: 750g (1.6 lbs)
- Charge time: 2 h
- Voltage: 25 V / 99 Wh (legal size for air travel )
- Over 1.000 full charge/discharge cycles
- High intelligence Battery Management System (BMS) protecting from overheating, deep discharge, too high currents, etc.
- 1 Year Warranty
With the custom made Mellow Remote all functions are just under your thumb. Designed as an intuitive one button device it gives you maximum control and information. The removable magnetic safety strap keeps it in your hand even if you are in full flow. Because we hate losing remotes all the time, we made sure it sticks to the Mellow Drive as well, so you always know where to find it.
- One Button Device with haptic feedback
- Intuitive and ergonomic slide mechanism (push to accelerate, pull to brake)
- Switch between the 4 Riding Modes: Rookie Ride, Eco Ride, Pro Ride, Endless Ride (push once, ride endless)
- Integrated LED strip indicating state of charge at the beginning of the ride
- Vibration alarm indicating low battery
- Magnetic safety strap for fixed fit even with an open hand (also removable)
- Magnetic fit to the Mellow Drive for easy storage
With Mellow you can go really fast. Going fast is great as long as you can handle the speed. We want you to feel safe and in full control at any given speed, so we equipped the Mellow Drive with a Dual Braking System. It uses the regenerated braking power to recharge the battery, but unlike other electric skates an internal braking resistor also prevents the brake from switching off in case the battery is fully recharged. If you ever run out of juice your board will just roll out without friction or abrupt braking, so you can push home easily.
- Regenerative Brake: increasing your range
- Internal Braking Resistor: preventing the brake switching off in case of overload
- No friction or sudden blocking of the motor when you run out of charge
- Quality product made in Germany (CE, FCC, UL certified)
- 100% water and dust proof
Andi & Micha / Manuel & Andreas / Katrin & the Corsa / Titus Lindl / SmartDrives / TQ Systems / Battery Kutter / Entity / BuddyBuddy / Bastlboards / Titus Dittmann / Teufel Prototypen / 40inch / weare / Heiko Pfisterer / Wieland Schmitz / Klaus Kiening / Fred Hocker / Frank Bertram / Tony Günther / Christoph Pässler / Markus Braun / Christoph Schubert / Arne Lehmann / Alexander Tietz / Bettina Vossberg / Gepetto / Lars Beuth / Niffa Andy / Peter Rossner / Philipp Herfort / Phillip Heinrich / Jörg Müller / Lukasz Fabijanczyk / Sebi / VeyVey Films / Louis & Crew / St. Bergweh / German Wahnsinn / velwet.tumblr.com / Sebastian Heitmann / La Familia / all our friends and supporters
Risks and challenges
By working with local partners and suppliers only (some as close as 200m from the Mellow Headquarters) we managed to shorten our supply chains and speed up our workflow.
But since we are truly German when it comes to our high quality standards we would rather skip a deadline than to compromise on what we promised you. For us this is not only a matter of trust, but more importantly of your safety. So if we are not 100% satisfied, we will go the extra mile, which might take a little longer, but we promise you, it will definitely be worth it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The wheels we are going to use are 79mm 80a (sorry the video was confusing) and the truck is a standard180mm longboard truck.
The layer of Polyurethane on the wheels of the Mellow Drive is 8mm think and it will last you very long. We would be impressed if you would have to change the wheels once a year. If you start sliding your board a lot it might wear off more quickly but not faster than on any other longboard. To replace them just unscrew the cover plate of the wheel, slide off the used wheel and slide the new one back on. Replacements will be sold via our homepage at a normal price for longboard wheels.
For the Mellow Drive we are applying automotive standards (IP65) in terms of sealing the components against water and dust as well as for vibrations and shocks. The system will be 100% dust proof and proof against hard jets of water. This means you will be able to ride it in the worst weather and hit puddles without any problems
The Battery is sealed and the connector is standard IP 67 meaning you could immerse it (the battery!) into water completely and it will still be working just fine. The housing of the electronics is sealed as well and so are all connectors used in the Mellow Drive.
The Mellow Drive is a high quality product that’s developed, tested and produced in Germany. All the components come from here and are not cheaply produced in Asia or elsewhere in the world. The entire Mellow Drive is produced using automotive standards in terms of proofing against environmental influences as well as vibration, shocks and temperature.
Our Custom Mellow Electronics are developed and produced by one of the leading electronics manufacturers in Germany. They produce electronics for aerospace applications and the automotive industry and have the highest standards and certifications an electronics manufacturer can achieve.
The In-Wheel Motors are produced at the same standards and they are going to blow your mind when it comes to performance, durability and riding pleasure. We have gone the extra mile and used up the entire, motor developers trick bag to reduce friction and drag within the motor to a level, where you can’t notice the difference to a normal longboard wheel anymore.
Another value that Mellow has, is the fact, that it gives you the freedom to choose your board. Since we all have different decks with different shapes that we like, why not make use of it. This is actually also a good point for the sustainability of Mellow which is something we really think is important.
The decks we chose for the complete setups are also highest quality handmade in Germany. The BuddyBuddy decks even have a one of a kind, patented technology (AnchorCoreTechnology) that is setting a completely new standard in the boardsports sector.
Of course you can. Just add 199€ to your pledge of a Mellow Drive or a complete Mellow + Board setup and we will put two batteries in your Mellow package.
Rooky Ride: Acceleration 20%, top speed 20km/h
Eco Ride: Acceleration 40%, top speed 30km/h
Pro Ride: Acceleration 100%, top speed 40km/h
Endless Ride: Acceleration 10% (you push), top speed – whatever you can do. The whole idea behind the “Endless Ride” mode is to keep skateboarding skateboarding – even when there’s a motor involved. You just push your board freely to the speed you want to go and the board holds that speed until you decide to slow down. It feels like having strong wind in your back. (Ever skated in a storm with an umbrella???) You simply push and never stop rolling- But you will still be able to use the hand controller for breaking.
The 4WD is a stretch goal (at 300.000€) of this Kickstarter campaign. If it is unlocked, there will be a reward offering two Mellow Drives to a great price. They can then be synchronized via the Mellow App.
Our batteries have 99Wh of energy, exactly so you can take them on a plane without getting in trouble. The certifications will include TÜV, CE, UN, UL, FCC etc.
On our web shop you will be able to order a whole range of wheel types, colors and hardness's so you will have all the choices in the world - just like on a normal skateboard. Battery packs will be available as well of course.
As with all vehicles the use of energy is completely determined by the behavior of the user.
Just like your car uses more petrol in stop and go traffic than on the highway an electric vehicle will show the same effects.
This is always due to the large amounts of energy needed for acceleration.
The endless ride mode is ment to minimize acceleration time for the Mellow Drive and therefor extend the range. We are quite certain that you will be able to go over 15km if you consequently use the endless ride mode.
Opposite to that you will end up below 15km with lots of stop and go traffic. The best range is achieved when you accelerate very smoothly and drive at a constant speed of about 30km/h.
And in the case you just love the thrill of accelerating with you Mellow Board then just get a second battery and go nuts! :-)
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