Electric skateboards: Hangin' ten the high tech way

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:40 AM

PHOENIX --  It's a way to hang ten in this new, high tech world.

On Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona, Javier Soto got to take an electric skateboard for a test drive.

Eric Meza of Altered Electric Skateboards showed off the board with all its bells and whistles, including silent digital wireless electronics, lithium batteries, bigger and softer wheels, and custom deck.

"With the electric skateboard, we're going to be shredding it on the streets instead of in the waves," says Meza. "It goes about 19 to 21 miles an hour."

Electric skateboards are nothing new. They were first invented and patented in the late 1990′s by an inventor named Louie Finkle (aka Electric Louie). Louie combined wireless technology, speed and power with stability and reliability, and Exkate was born. The only downside? Price. Back then, an X-24 set you back around $1,200.

Today, the price is much lower, with the Altered products ranging from $500 to $800. 

You use a remote control "gun" to control the board. "If you go back, it's gas, and if you go forward, it brakes it." It takes about four hours to re-charge the batteries.

The electric skateboard is available at Sidewalk Surfer, and on the Altered Electric Skateboards website

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