Skateboard with Electric Boost Redefines Urban Transportation
May 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work — or anywhere in a six-mile radius — quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.
“This uses 20 times less energy for every mile or kilometer you travel than a car,” said Sanjay Dastoor. “Which means, not only is this thing fast to charge and really cheap to build, but it also reduces your footprint of your energy use in terms of your transportation.”
Dastoor is the co-founder of Boosted Boards, a startup that aims to build the world’s lightest electric vehicles. He met pals John Ulmen and Matthew Tran while studying engineering at Stanford University, where the three often found themselves talking about the need for a better way to get around campus. So they created one — an electric longboard which they call Boosted Boards. The CEO of this Silicon Valley startup, which raised nearly a half million in crowdsourced funding through Kickstarter, Dastoor hopes to provide a new way to commute for those who live within a six-mile radius of work.
With his co-founders at Boosted, Dastoor participated in the Y Combinator and StartX incubator programs. He is finishing his PhD on bio-inspired robotics at Stanford, and he holds a MS from Stanford and a BS from UC Berkeley. He has also worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and SRI International.
“Boosted Boards is on a mission to introduce the world to great electric transportation … Boosted Boards starts with premium, industry tested longboarding components that people already love and then adds a light, powerful, and quiet drivetrain.”