Hi my name is Charlie and I built an electric longboard! The idea first came about a year ago when I saw a student on my campus blast past me while I was biking to class. I did a little research and learned that I desperately wanted one. Unfortunately a high quality electric skateboard is going to run around $1,000 to $2,000. I basically gave up hope.
Fast forward to a month ago. I’d just moved to Madison for an internship and was looking for a project. I discovered that building your own electric skateboard isn’t all that difficult. With a bit of research, and a lot of hands on learning, you can quickly and easily build a board that goes 30 mph and 10 or more miles. It all depends on your budget. I chose to go with a 6S1P battery system. Basically this meant that I can go about 7 miles, and up to 26 mph on a single charge. After completing my first board in the Bodgery shop, I’m already planning my next. In fact, as I am typing this I am sitting next to a microwave that will be donating its transformer to make a spot welder for the batteries in the next board!