What we mentioned here " the first electric skateboard" here is not "an electric one" as literally, it is the "ancestor " of the electric skateboard.
In fact, the initial self-driven longboard was a gasoline-powered one, known as MotoBoard. It was invented by Jim Rugroden, a student in Berkeley, California, in his brother garage in the South San Francisco Bay Area town of Campbell while he was on break from his physics studies in summer 1975. The MotoBoard has evolved from a simple push start prototype to a precision automatic shaft-driven sports vehicle.
Gas petrol chainsaw powered motorized wood skateboard in the 1970s
It comes across an accidental opportunity and starts producing in scale. During a photoshoot for Skateboarder Magazine in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego, Rugroden met Bill Posey, an onlooking entrepreneur, and they eventually teamed-up to form Quantimotion, Inc., DBA MotoBoard International.
And MotoBoard's unique ability to turn heads brought worldwide recognition through countless media exposures, which has attributed to generating much of promotion and sales in that period.
MotoBoard in the 1980s
But few MotoBoard buyers were avid skateboarders, as the eventual $650.00 sticker was generally not within reach of the average skateboarder. The adventurist "lunatic" fringe seemed to have the greatest appetite for MotoBoards, as well as with the movie industry. However, these gasoline-powered longboards were banned on state streets in California as they were causing too much pollution and were extremely noisy in 1977.
The promotional images on the MotorBoard website in the last century
The Louie Finke's skateboard is much closer to our modern electric skateboard.
In late 1997, Louie Finkle introduced the world to a new type of skateboard which was the new wireless form of electric skateboards and obtained a patent in April 1999. The product was revolutionary and was an instant hit, but yes it was pretty expensive so it couldn’t be owned by everyone. however, it was not until the 2004–2006 that electric motors and batteries were available with sufficient torque and efficiency to power boards effectively.
Electric skateboard in 1999
Because of the development of larger-capacity and quieter lithium-based battery power, the skateboard like this has become about as noisy and polluting as bicycles. That's why, in 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 604, which once again makes riding powered skateboards in the bike lane legal.
California is the birthplace of electric skate culture which led to the growth of the multimillion-dollar electric skateboard industry. The legislation in 2015 is a landmark decision that opens doors to electric skateboard manufacturers.
People playing electric skateboard on the street in California
As technology advances and investment increases, electric skateboard has become more and more various and perfect today. As a skateboard company, Teamgee is dedicated to providing the best electric skateboard experience to the world with much effort on electric skateboard's R&D and production.
Here we want to introduce our most versatile electric skateboard:
Teamgee H9 Ultra-thin & Lightweight Electric Skateboard | Best Performance Board