The BajaBoard is the world's first electric skateboard to feature independent suspension and steering, with high tech spring & shock absorbers. It has a four wheel drive chassis, fitted with four brushless motors for a total power rating of over 10kW.
No matter how you categorize the BajaBoard, just know that it'll take you on one hell of a ride.
The BajaBoard began life as a garage hobby project in 2011. For the past three years, it has been through four major design updates and two prototype builds, culminating in the beast that you see today.
Right from the start, we threw all pre-conceptions of what an electric skateboard should be out of the window, and focused instead on what it could be. Surely there must be a way for speed, stability, agility, versatility, toughness and compactness to live together in harmony on one board?
And here it is:
Each wheel of the BajaBoard is powered by a 3000W brushless motor, for a total power rating of 12000W. That's probably as much power as you'll ever need growling beneath a deck.
Say goodbye to sluggish starts and prepare to launch in 3...2...1
The BajaBoard is hill friendly. Put it this way: any hill that your average road car can climb, you can expect the BajaBoard to climb. Our prototype has towed over 100kg loads up hill without breaking a sweat.
Making a fast electric skateboard is one thing; but making one that is stable and safely manageable at 50km/h is a completely different ball game. And we aren't just talking about on-road stability either.
There are good reasons why you don't often see single axles on off-road competition vehicles. Being the first and only "skateboard" to feature a comprehensively designed independent double wishbone suspension system, the BajaBoard offers outstanding stability, handling and traction (and thereby safety) and will eat up even the most aggressive trails.
With cutting edge shock absorbers, the BajaBoard is actually designed to handle jumps. Put simply, one shock is enough to land a mountain bike rider - we have four. Of course, jumps aren't compulsory - remember, always ride within your limits. We're still honing our skills for it.
Regardless, there's still heaps of fun to be had barreling down curbs, through gutters and over bumps all without fear of wobbling out of control.
When granted great power, one must exercise great control.
The BajaBoard's custom designed Master Controller Unit lets you customize the power output in accordance to your riding style.
Think 50km/h is too fast? Turn it down. Think throttle response is too sensitive? Map it to something more comfortable. If you felt like it, you could tone things down until your BajaBoard performs just like any other electric skateboard. Or not.
Throttle and braking (electric & regenerative) will be controlled via a handheld wireless trigger type controller. The BajaBoard will be the first board ever to offer dual throttle control, allowing you to power on the front and rear wheels separately.
The internal electronics of the controller has been established. Following Kickstarter, we'll continue to develop the ergonomic and user friendly handheld casing.
With its four wheel drive chassis, automotive suspension, 12000W of grunt and dual throttle control, the BajaBoard is a pinnacle performer.
Pushing your BajaBoard to its limit is an exhilarating battle of throttle control, weight distribution, brake bias and racing line. The beginner will concentrate on power, but the veteran will employ finesse. Full throttle up the hill on all fours and get ready to lean back and brake hard as you approach the hairpin.
Learning to master the BajaBoard at its limit is a challenging, exciting, fun and rewarding experience. Remember to protect yourself with proper gear.
The BajaBoard prototype has been tested to 24km. We're targeting at least 30km with the Production Model.
Actually, that's not quite correct. Like a TV remote, the battery pack on your BajaBoard will be replaceable. Everyone will be given the option of getting themselves some spare packs before their BajaBoards are shipped. So, when you run out of juice, immediately double your range by making the switch. Rinse and repeat.
For something with this level of grunt, the BajaBoard runs very quietly. If you ever decide on running a midnight race club (not that we are recommending it), at least the noise from the board shouldn't be responsible for waking up the neighbours.
The BajaBoard has been designed with a compact framework. You don't need a van or pickup truck to lug it around. Stash it, fully assembled, in your car's trunk, the backseats or on the roof rack
Whilst the BajaBoard has great capability, it can also be used as a versatile electric personal transporter with much greater stability than any other electric skateboard. Finally, you can take that off-road shortcut to work!
Better yet, use it as a mobility vehicle during the week and as an action sports machine on the weekend. This is completely up to you.
Check out our cap, t-shirt, polo and hoodie below; available in both men and women sizes. All of these are Factory Team limited editions, exclusive to our Kickstarter backers.
Pledging at any level will get your name onto our new website's Factory Team page. Don't just be a follower, become a part of the team.
Or, you can pledge for a BajaBoard and start your countdown clock!
All those who pledge for a BajaBoard through Kickstarter will be invited into an exclusive forum manned by the BajaBoard founders. This will provide you with a direct line to us to exchange ideas and ask questions. It'll also be a place to discuss BajaBoard operation, maintenance, riding tips, and anything else that will get you excited about this new addition to your family.
The BajaBoard options are:
Please ensure that you add the correct shipping cost to your pledge. If you don't, you'll be required to organize your own shipping, or, make up the difference before we send you your BajaBoard. If you're unsure of your region, please contact us to ask.
Want to ride the BajaBoard one day? We need your backing to make it a reality!
Helping to make this Kickstarter project successful means that we'll be able to complete the BajaBoard final design, set up production facility and release better and more economic models in the future.
So please back the BajaBoard project and open the door to a future with the world's most extreme and most advanced electric skateboard. Every little bit counts.
The team is also supported by other experienced professionals in the drafting, manufacturing and accounting disciplines.
The BajaBoard you see in this project write-up is our latest prototype. The core design is done. We have built it, ridden it and proven it. Most importantly, we know how to make it even better for the Base Model and Production Model.
After Kickstarter (in fact, throughout this campaign), we'll be:
- reviewing every component and every system on the BajaBoard to verify reliability, suitability, and identify weight reduction opportunities;
- designing an ergonomic throttle/brake controller and battery pack casing;
- making the controller interface intuitive and user friendly;
- field testing various mechanical and electronic settings (e.g. electronic diff, steering rates, shock absorber stiffness);
- lab testing and certifying components where appropriate;
- finalize and officially engage component suppliers;
- writing up product manual and maintenance guide;
- making maintenance instructional videos;
- setting up the tooling, equipment and facility to enable production; and, of course,
- honing our riding skills so we can release some way gnarlier videos.
With great power comes great responsibility. No matter how tough we make the BajaBoard, you're ultimately responsible for your own safety. Practice, practice, practice before you try anything fancy. Never try to show off beyond your skill limits. And, ALWAYS WEAR APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE GEAR WHEN RIDING! We cannot stress this strongly enough.
Laws and regulations regarding electric vehicles, and electric skateboards, vary by country, state, county, and municipality, so please check the legal status of this product before you ride it.
Got any questions for us? Please feel free to write to us. Aside from English, we can also speak Chinese, Spanish and Italian. Beyond those, we always have access to the good old google translator!
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Risks and challenges
The BajaBoard team comprises of experience professionals that range between 5 to 15 years of individual experience.
The founders, James and George, both have worked in the Australian engineering sector, developing and managing design and manufacturing projects. The process of setting up facilities, processes and systems is well known to the team.
Before this Kickstarter campaign, plans have been made with respect to facilities, new website, production engineering, IP protection strategy, suppliers, partners, equipment, tools, lead times, and logistics. Kickstarter funding is the trigger.
We have also established good relationships with suppliers who provided us with parts for the BajaBoard prototypes. They have proven their quality and capability, and are raring to go after Kickstarter. We also have backup options to these existing suppliers should circumstances require.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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