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This $1299 Electric Skateboard Kind of Misses the Point

The "world's lightest electric vehicle" has the backing of Stanford engineers. But is it really skating?
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Boosted Boards

I would love to hear what actual skaters think of this electric-powered longboard designed by Stanford grads in Palo Alto, California.

The engineers of the "Boosted Board," which could retail for $1,299 or more, paint the prototype vehicle as the second greatest thing to Marty McFly's hoverboard. On their Kickstarter page, where fans have kicked some $306,000 toward the $100,000 financing goal (with three weeks still to go!), they write: "You can do your favorite downhill tricks… going uphill. Or carve and carve… without ever pushing. More time riding and practicing, less time pushing and walking."