Project Onca Onca: The Electric Skateboard


 As some of you may have heard, I'm in the process of building an electric skateboard. Technically,  it's a motorized mountainboard, but if you don't know what that is, it's kinda like a long board with big tire wheels (8") and a motor on the back.

About 36" long, the current prototype moves at a top speed of 17.5 MPH for a calculated 40 miles!  I do, however, plan to cut that range in half, by adding some more power to the drive system  for faster up-hill acceleration.  But at this point I'm not sold on going much faster that this. At max speed, you are extremely challenged to keep the board from going into a speed wobble. I have adjustable trucks, which are as stiff as I'd like them right now.

Anyways, there a number of revisions to go through before I finalize the design and technical components. For now, I'm riding along and boy does it feel good!

Many thanks to Josh at Gnarboards for the inspiration for this project. The concept came to me, through the natural course of events, discussing hoverboards, Back to the Future and more.  But once i started researching the subject, I quickly found Josh's design, and had a great challenge before me.

I'd also like to thank all those who have helped me with design, parts, etc. Steve, Tom, Jon, cellman and A123, Exact Auto, BDI-USA and most of all, my girlfriend Nora, for listening, helping, supporting and putting up with all my crazy antics.

Stay tuned for updates, pictures, videos and more!

2 comments:

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