Living in the 21st century, commuting is miserable enough as it is…
Traffic jams, crowded subways and trains, smelly buses, no leg room on planes.
Let’s be honest, everyone is still waiting for teleportation and supersonic jet liners.
But until then, we’re going to continue wasting time, energy, and money to get places we need to go.
Now I know that was a negative way to start off an article, but let’s face it…
How much time do you spend commuting?
According to CNBC, Americans are breaking increasing their times spent commuting every year.
As of 2018, the average American spends about 50+ minutes commuting a day or just about 4 and half hours commuting per week.
That’s nine full days a year.
Imagine if you could buy that time back?
What would do with nine full extra days every year?
But depending on your job, schedule, and proximity to your destination, there are ways to beat the commute.
In fact, one New Yorker was so tired of sitting in traffic all morning he decided to commute across the Hudson River in a kayak to his job!
Kayaking is just one of the ways you can beat the rush.
But have you ever thought about investing into an electric skateboard?
Perfect for big cities and suburban areas, electric skateboards make the commute both fun and enjoyable.
You can weave in and out of traffic and stop spending money on gas! You also save the environment. It’s a win-win! You can also carry your board on the subway, bus, and in the car.
Electric skateboards are compact, fairly lightweight, and easy to handle.
Why wouldn’t you use it for commuting?
While riding an electric skateboard to work or school might sound fun, it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful.
Here are a few tips for staying safe.
Wear Safety Gear
Helmets and elbow padding may be a real life saver.
Falling on your head while walking can do damage already. Now imagine falling on your head while riding a board at 15 mph… (We’re talking serious brain damage or worse!)
Just like wearing a seatbelt, wearing the proper gear while riding your e-board is mandatory.
Watch For Pedestrians And Vehicles
Riding in a rural town, this won’t be as much as problem.
But riding in a city you have to be extra careful. Sharing the road and sidewalks are a must.
Just because you can weave in and out of traffic and pedestrians doesn’t mean you have the right of way or you’re allowed to speed.
Hitting a car or pedestrian can injure both parties and leave you with some nasty lawsuits.
Just be aware of what’s in front of you and pay attention.
Avoid Rain And Snow
I know this tip sucks, because commuting by car in the rain or snow usually means more traffic and double the commute time.
But the fact is, you can’t ride an electric skateboard in the snow. And riding in the rain is just too risky.
There’s a really good chance you’ll slip, fall, and hurt yourself.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t ride a motorcycle due to the weather, don’t ride an electric skateboard.
Best Electric Skateboards For Commuting…
Without further a due, let’s find out the best boards you can take to work.
Evolve Carbon GTR
Retail Price: ($1,999 for street wheels) ($1,999 for all-terrain wheels) ($2,249 for both sets)
“Like a panther unleashed” is the slogan for the board. And rightly so.
This board can commute pretty much anywhere.
- All terrain wheels
- Up to 31 mile range (street wheels only)
- 26 mph top speed (street wheels only)
The Evovle Carbon GTR might be the best performing electric skateboard out there. And it should be, considering the retail price starts at $2,000.
That being said, this thing is a beast.
With the all-terrain wheel set, you’ll be able to ride this bad boy just about anywhere.
If you’ve ever rode an electric skateboard or regular skateboard, you’ll know that even the slightest bumps and cracks in the road or sidewalk will throw you off balance and ruin your ride.
But with the Evolve 7 inch pneumatic all-terrain wheels, these problems become a thing of the past.
The all-terrain wheels are great for commuting, but they do not provide the same performance as the street wheel set.
The All-Terrain Carbon GTR offers as follows:
- Range - 19 Miles
- Speed - 22 MPH
- Hills - 25% Grade
The Street Carbon GTR offers better specs:
- Range - 31 Miles
- Speed - 26 MPH
- Hills - 30% Grade
That’s why purchasing the 2-in-1 set for $2,249, you get the best of both worlds (or wheels in this case.)
Retail Price: Starts at $499 (upgraded battery at $599)
From personal experience, I like an electric longboard with a flexible deck.
It helps create a smoother ride, better handles and turns, and a better overall commute.
That’s this list adds the Ownboard W2. It offers a 38 fiberglass bamboo deck with a flexible design. Plenty of base and space to put your feet, giving you a better overall stance.
Not to mention this board also comes with some great performance:
- 28 mph top speed
- 265 lb weight capacity
- 30% hill climbing rate
- 1300 watt motor
- Up to 16 miles of range
But the best part about this board is probably the price. Other brands would sell this board well above $1,000.
But thanks to this Chinese company and great manufacturing, this board retails for $499 (standard battery) and $599 (large battery).
You can easily carve your way through the city, on campus, up hills, or anywhere you please with this board.
Yea, it might not have the range of the Carbon GTR, but it’s still pretty damn close in all other aspects and for a 1/3 of the price.
Performance at a reasonable cost, this board qualifies as a steal in my book.
Retail Price: $379
Another Chinese company, the WowGo produces a 28 inch deck that only weighs 15 pounds!
If your current commute requires bus or train followed by long periods of walking, this is the board you need.
The board is so small and compact that it will fit perfect on your transit systems and it will be no burden at all to carry. Once you get off the train, subway, or bus, instead of walking; use this baby on the streets!
It’s the perfect hybrid board.
And it boasts some great performance too.
- 23 mph top speed
- Up to 19 mile range (costs more with extended battery)
- 30% hill climbing rate
- 330 lb max load
- 500 watt motor
For such a small board, this thing is a monster!
And retail price starts at $379 for your standard 12 mile range battery.
Other options are as follows:
- $419 for 14 mile range battery
- $559 for 19 mile range battery
It’s actually pretty incredible how cheap and the high quality these Chinese e-boards are.
Without a doubt, this is the best mini electric skateboard you can buy on the market today, and the one the best boards for your daily commute.
Keep in mind, this board is small and offers a stiff deck, meaning you may be prone to more bumps and cracks in the road.
It still offers great handling, but not nearly as good as a longboard with a flexible deck.
Retail Price: $1,399
A personal favorite of famous Youtuber Casey Neistat, the Boosted Plus has been around for years.
Upgraded time after time, the board still satisfies the likes of Boosted riders everywhere.
- 22 mph top speed
- 14 mile range
- 25% hill climbing rate
- 2,000 watt motor
- 4 ride/speed modes
Boosted is the most popular manufacturer of electric skateboards out there. While they are expensive, they offer solid performance with unparalleled quality.
But it’s not just the quality that that sets them apart.
Boosted also offers an app that lets you track your rides, lets you know your current range and battery life, and updates the software on your board.
Updating the software might seem silly, but it acutally has a great impact. It upgrades your board performance like increasing top speed and improving battery life.
Why I love this board for commuting?
Number 1, ease of ride. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, this thing is super easy to learn for both beginners and pros.
Number 2, its deck. A lot of riders love Boosted for it’s super flexible composite deck, and rightly so. It’s not just flexible either, but offers vibration dampening foam to help you ride in those uneven cracked up streets. Nothing will hold you back from getting to work or school!
Retail Price: Starts at $429
If you don’t know Meepo, you soon will.
Another Chinese company who manufacturers cheap but high quality e-boards, the Meepo V3 is blazing fast and kills it in the performance category
- 28 mph top speed
- Standard 11 mile range (or upgrade to ER batter for 20 miles +$200)
- 30% hill climb rate
- 2 x 540 watt motors
- 300 lb max load
- 38” deck – 16lbs net weight
Even better, is it comes with a handle that’s carved into the deck to make it easy to carry/transport when you’re not riding it.
The deck itself is a good mixture of both stiff and flexible, so it’ll allow for good handling while still maintaining a solid frame and base.
Overall, it’s another great electric skateboard that comes at a great price. These Chinese boards are becoming a steal for riders everywhere and giving the big brands like Boosted and Evolve a run for their money!
Why Commute With An Electric Skateboard?
The best reason…
It’s a whole lotta fun. When was the last time you could honestly say you enjoyed traveling to and from work?
For most individuals, commuting to and from is actually the worst part of the day.
You’re fed up with traffic, bored out of your mind, and dreading the pile of papers on your desk. You’re not living in the moment.
But when you ride an electric skateboard, you focus on the road, you feel the sun warm your skin, you breathe in that fresh air and enjoy the ride! When you finally get to work you’re already in a good mood!
And when you leave work or school you’re excited to ride again! This is exactly how I felt when I rode my electric skateboard for home to school every day. It gives you something to look forward to.
Live and enjoy every moment in life, even your commute!
The second reason…
It’s better for the environment.
Yes, global warming is real and an ever growing issue. Some scientists and world leaders even argue we are at the point of no return.
If you can contribute to saving the planet… do it!
Now, not everybody can ride a skateboard to work every day, but if you work locally or take transit as part of your commute, using an electric powered vehicle like an electric skateboard will help the environment and continue to promote others to do the same!
Is Commuting On An Electric Skateboard Dangerous?
It’s only dangerous if you make it.
Yes, there are dangers like other vehicles, pedestrians, obstacles, and weather that play a role safety, the responsibility ultimately comes down to you.
Slow down if you’re unsure of an area.
Slow down if you don’t think that car is stopping, even if you have right of way.
Slow down if you see kids playing.
It really just comes down to common sense.
Everything in this world can be dangerous, obviously some hobbies and things more dangerous than others. But having general knowledge around the subject and always keeping an eye out will minimize any danger 10 fold…
Follow the safety rules from the beginning of this article or check out our post on the top safety tips for electric skateboarding.
Extra Tips For Your Daily Commute
While riding your board to work might seem simple, the truth is you have to be prepared for a few things.
First, is making sure your board is charged.
The last thing you want is to get a quarter of the way to work only to have your board die on you because you didn’t charge it the night before.
Checking the battery levels and range before and after riding your electric skateboard is a must, unless you want to get stuck somewhere.
Get in the habit of plugging your board to charge once you get home.
Second, is properly maintaining your board.
That means cleaning, tightening trunks, wheels, and storing your board in the right place.
It doesn’t take much work either, so no excuses on this one.
Other maintenance tips include replacing and repairing cracked, damaged, and broken parts.
Don’t wait for something bad to happen! Prevent it from happening in the first place!
Take care of your board and it will take care of you.
Take bad care and your board will be out to get you.