Imagine a vehicle that weighs less than a bike, can be easily carried onto a bus or into the office, that charges off a wall socket, has an average range on a single charge of 10 miles or more, and will travel those 10 miles for less than a nickel's worth of electricity.
That ... is an electric skateboard! (Or one of several other types of electric rideables.)
Not quite a phrase that rolls off the tongue—yet—but those two words, Electric Rideable, are sure to soon be the talk of the town!
Some people don't even know what an electric rideable is. It might be somewhat obvious that an electric rideable must be something you ride on that uses electricity to propel you forward, but that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story.
Part of the confusion comes from all of the other ways that electric rideables are described. We've heard personal transportation device (PTD), personal transport vehicle (or personal transportation vehicle) (PTV), personal motorized transporter (PMT), personal mobility device (PMD), portable electric vehicle (PEV), and intelligent personal transporters (IPT). They've also been called urban transporters, urban commuter device, human movers, last mile transporter, personal people movers, sort of like a Segway, electric scooters, electric skateboards, electric boards, hoverboards, and simply rideables. No matter what you call them, electric rideables have become very popular over the past year or so.
The very best way to discover what an electric rideable is—and which one is right for you—is simply to browse around this web site. Have fun! Look around! Click on the What is an Electric Rideable? link under Helpful Resources to the left. And be sure to read more about each of the electric rideable categories, such as Electric Skateboards, listed in the left menu of every page. Before you know it, you'll be an expert and ready to get your very own electric rideable.