One of the most important issues, if you want to buy an electric skateboard, is the price. Many of us are wondering how much does an electric skateboard cost?
An electric skateboard costs from $200 to several thousand dollars. The most popular electric skateboards cost between $400 and $2.000. The price varies from model to model. The difference in price will be determined by the building parts (motor, deck, trucks, wheels) used, battery size, marketing costs, and customer service.
How much do the most popular electric skateboard models cost? A Comparison table
I did a lot of research regarding the most popular eboards. I created a table with the best electric skateboard models and their prices.
A price range occurs if the model is available with different battery sizes or has other different options to choose from. Please note that the prices can vary. The companies change prices quite often.
|Electric Skateboard Model||Price in $|
|Apsuboard V3||$ 299|
|Apsuboard X1||$ 499|
|Aeboard AE3||$ 419|
|AeBoard Hornet Belt||$ 549|
|AeBoard AX||$ 599|
|AeBoard AX Mini||$ 499|
|Aeboard GT||$ 899 – 999|
|Backfire G2 Black||$ 429|
|Backfire G2 Galaxy||$ 529|
|Backfire G3||$ 799|
|Backfire G3 Plus||$ 999|
|Backfire Mini||$ 599|
|Backfire Ranger X2||$1149|
|Backfire Ranger X3||$ 1499|
|Backfire Zealot||$ 849|
|Bajaboard G4X||$3599 – $5199|
|Bajaboard S2||$2700 – 3349|
|Bioboards Thorium X4||$ 3500 – 4100|
|Evolve GTR||$ 1.899 – 1.999|
|Exway Atlas||$ 1499|
|Exway Flex||$ 649|
|Exway Wave||$ 699|
|Exway X1 Pro||$ 772|
|Hoyt St EL1||$ 1999|
|Kaly NYC Boards||$ 2000+|
|Lacroix Boards||$ 2000+|
|Lycaon GR||$ 499|
|Lycaon Swift||$ 699|
|Lycaon TRX||$ 999|
|Maxfind FF Plus||$ 999|
|Maxfind Max4Pro||$ 599|
|Maxfind Kits||$ 539+|
|Meepo AWD Pro||$ 849|
|Meepo City Rider 2||$ 899|
|Meepo Mini 2||$ 429|
|Meepo NLS Belt||$ 739|
|Meepo NLS Pro||$ 709|
|Meepo V3||$ 429 – 629|
|OneWheel + XR||$ 1.799|
|OneWheel Pint||$ 950|
|ONSRA Black Carve||$ 1169|
|Revel Kit||$ 599|
|Unlimited X Loaded Cruiser||$ 949|
|Verreal Mini||$ 279|
|Verreal RS||$ 669|
|WowGo AT2||$ 1099|
|WowGo 3||$ 499|
|WowGo 3X||$ 749|
|WowGo Knight||$ 499|
Please note that the prices can vary. The companies constantly change prices and make special sales offers sometimes.
If you’ve liked this table than check out my ultimate Sortable eboard Comparison Table here. I have even built a Drag and Drop Tool with which you can compare your favorite electric skateboard models! It took me days to create it, I hope you like it!
Why are electric skateboards so expensive?
A lot of people are very surprised when they first see the prices of electric skateboards. They expect that electric skateboards are in the price range of normal longboards. Why is it electric skateboards are so expensive?
These electrical components are by far the most expensive elements of an e-board. A li-on battery big alone would cost several hundred dollars and the electric motor is not very cheap neither. Moreover, you have to add various other elements like the remote control, the ESC (receiver and computing unit) and some other wiring. Further, these parts have to be compiled together which require special tools – which aren´t very cheap neither – and a significant amount of labour. Nowadays the production quantity is still very low because electric skateboards are still a niche product. Companies haven´t built huge manufacturing factories which would decrease the price significantly. There is simply not enough economy of scale yet and there are still not as many manufacturers in the market as there could be. This means that there is less competition among businesses to compete on price so the prices are higher in general. With that being said the increasing competition is about to change that. And we shall not forget that companies need to spend notable amounts of money in marketing and advertising which drives the price up further. On top of these factors, e-board companies want to build trust towards the consumer and offer warranty and customer service which is quite expensive a well. These circumstances all add up and make the current prices.
Cost determining factors
I have answered the question above of why electric skateboards are so expensive just superficially. Now we try to dive deep into the topic of price defining factors of e-skateboards. Like in every other product category the price-determining factors are costs, quality, and marketing. If you want a high-quality e-board you have to spend some money. Price raises with quality. But I don’t want to neglect that some companies are just good at marketing their products and you won’t necessarily pay for the quality but for the brand.
The battery is the most important factor when it comes out to the price of an electric skateboard. It is the heaviest and most valuable part of an e-board. The battery is composed of many smaller battery cells. Manufacturers often use 18650 type battery cells. We know these cells from some electric devices, like flashlights, RC cars, e-cigs, and vaporizer they all use these batteries. I well remember when I first bought batteries for my flashlight I really was surprised how much just two of 18650 battery has cost. 30 bucks! Battery packs that are mounted on electric skateboards hold between ten and thirty of these cells. Electric skateboard batteries usually cost from $150 to $500. A stronger and more expensive battery has interestingly a longer lifespan. Most users estimate battery life around 300 – 1000 cycles, with a full depletion and full recharge being one cycle. With a bigger battery, you don’t have to charge it that often and therefore it has fewer cycles. If you want to learn more about electric skateboard batteries, how long they last, and get some battery saving tips check out my article on batteries.
Moreover, companies invest capital and technology into the safety of batteries. You may have heard of instances when lithium-ion batteries on cell phones or other devices caught fire in recent years. Trustworthy electric skateboard manufactures will install safety features on their batteries to ensure that won’t happen. Because incidents would give a very bad reputation.
The motor is the power that drives us forward. It gets its juice from the battery and transfers it into motion. An electric motor works on the principle of electromagnetism. It is mainly made out of copper coils. The industry standard is not just a single but a dual motor. And two motors will cost also a few hundred dollars. The price of electric skateboard motors can vary from $50 to $300.
Deck shape and material
Decks of electric skateboards are made out of different materials. Normally the deck is crafted out of wood but companies also try to save weight and develop decks out of composites. One option is a deck manufactured out of a few inner layers of wood and outer layers of composites. Another possibility is that decks are made entirely out of carbon fibre, fibreglass or kevlar. Composites are usually made out of two main components a flexible cloth and epoxy which provide the stiffness when it dries. Key advantages of composites are: very light and durable, corrosion resistance and high impact strength. Composites provide creators with nearly infinite flexibility in designing shapes and forms. However, wood is more flexible and therefore will dampen more vibrations while riding on rough pavement. Wooden decks usually cost between $30 and $200. Carbon decks cost between $200 and $500.
Additional parts of an electric skateboard
Electric skateboards consist of many parts. We also need trucks, wheels, a remote control, an ESC (electric speed controller – it is the brain of your e-board), and good bearings. These parts obviously also add extra costs. The big price ranges originate from different levels of quality. Of course, you have to spend more if you want to get high-end quality.
- Proper trucks cost $50 and $200
- Wheels around $30 and $250
- Remote controls between $20 and $180
- ESCs $30 and $280
- Bearings between $30 and $180
Customer service and warranty
When we spend money on a product we all want to get good customer service. We expected that we can come with our problems to experts that help us. But good customer service is very expensive for companies. You have to hire and employ people. You also want to be sure that these employees will be experts so you have to send them to school as well. Nowadays we expect that customer service is available all the time – 24/7 – either via telephone, email, or direct messaging.
If we buy an expensive product such as an electric skateboard it’s clear that we all want to have a warranty. But providing a warranty produces a risk for the company and these risk factors have to be included in the business finances as well. So the price for a product will probably be raised compared to products without warranties.
Location of the company
An important price factor is the location of the company. North American-, Australian- or European-based companies have to pay high fees, high taxes, and high salaries to their employees. So obviously the product will be – compared globally – relatively costly. In comparison to that Chinese companies don’t have to pay these high taxes, fees, and salaries. Moreover, they are based where most of the production happens so shipping costs for the company will be low as well.
Economy of scale
Since electric skateboards are still a niche market it means that e-board manufacturers are not able to do things in high volumes.
We all know that scale provides lower costs. Let’s take the example of Tesla. The car manufacturer had begun its business journey with high-end sports cars. They couldn’t provide the manufacturing scale and making mid-price ranged cars would have been a financial doom. It was very clever to start with cost intensely, low demand, luxury cars. With the money, they earned they have built larger factories to provide the economy of scale. The large scale allows them to buy parts in large quantities and get better prices with wholesalers. These conditions enabled Tesla to reduce the cost of each car. Now, the “Tesla Model 3”, a mid-range electric car, is available on the market.
Electric skateboards are relatively new to the market. The demand isn’t very high yet, so manufacturers build a proportionately small number of boards which is cost-intensive.
Cheapest electric skateboards
A very desirable feature when buying an e-board is obviously a low price.
In my list above I only have chosen electric skateboards which proofed to be reliable, perform well and are all in all recommendable. I am aware that there are a ton of other e-boards on the market as well. If you miss e-boards or believe that I should add other models a well, please let me know in the comment section below.
The budget boards from my list are (listed alphabetically) :
- Aeboard V3
- Backfire G2 Black
- Meepo V3
- Verreal Mini
- WowGo Knight
Most expensive boards
I think all of us know that expensive doesn’t always mean high quality built. But the most expensive boards from my list have been tested and reviewed from a lot of customers and they generally have positive feedback. They have shown that they are well worth the money and provide good quality.
The most expensive boards on my list are (listed alphabetically):
- Bioboards Thorium X4
- Kaly NYC Boards
- Lacroix Boards
How much does it cost to charge an electric skateboard?
When you buy an electric skateboard you haven’t yet paid for everything. You still have to use your electric skateboard and therefore you need to charge your board. How much power does the battery need?
How much does it cost to charge an electric skateboard?
On average, charging an electric skateboard completely will cost you around 1 to 20 cents (US$ cents) in electricity usage. Depending on the size of your board´s battery and your electricity price rate. Electric skateboards, usually have a 90 – 500Wh (Watt-hour) battery capacity. The value for electricity varies significantly across the globe. The average residential consumer’s electricity price is between 10 to 40 cents (US$) per kilowatt-hour.
In the US the average residential consumer’s electricity price is around 12 cents, in Australia 35 cents, in the UK about 18 cents, in Canada 10 cents, in Europe the average cost is around 22 cents, and in Singapour 23 cents. (The currency I used is $, US dollar)
Please note that my comparison of electricity prices don´t account for the fact that price levels vary a lot between countries. For example, a US dollar will go much further buying goods and services in relatively cheap India, than it will in relatively expensive Australia.
So let’s just calculate the cost of e-board battery charge!
I will take an average electric skateboard battery with 200Wh and the average global residential consumer’s electricity price of 22 cents.
Price for one battery charge (200Wh = 0,2kWh) x electricity cost (22cents/kWh) = 4,4 cents. So basically, it takes just under $0.04 to fully charge your electric skateboard! Probably cheaper than you thought, right?
Let’s take this one step further: A 200Wh battery could take you probably around 12 miles (19 km). That means $1 could power an e-board for 300 miles (483 km). That’s definitely more affordable than buying gasoline!
Another thought experiment: A 200Wh battery could take you probably around 12 miles (19 km). Riding and emptying the battery every two days with commuting for a year means boarding over 2.150 miles (3.450 km)!
If we charge our board every tow day for one year, you only had to pay $8. So less than the cost of an average dinner, not bad for an entire year of e-boarding.
Current expenses and other costs to consider
Like I already have written above the costs for charging your electric skateboard are very low. On average, charging an electric skateboard completely will cost you around 1 to 18 cents (US$ cents) in electricity usage. Depending on the size of your board´s battery and your electricity price rate. Electric skateboards, generally have a 90 – 400Wh battery capacity. The average value for electricity varies significantly across the globe. The average residential consumer’s electricity price is between 8 to 50 cents (US$) per kilowatt-hour.
You also should maintain your board regulatory. This includes proper cleaning, taking care of your bearings, your motor and your battery. Routinely clean and oil your bearings. It is important to regularly check and adjust the bolts and screws. This is important because a lot of vibrations are released while driving. From time to time it is good to replace the bearings, bushings (rubber part of the truck), wheel, pulleys (belt motor), and belt (belt motor) but this obviously depends on your riding routine. Maybe you need to replace the bearings, bushings and wheels every few years or so.
Replacing the battery
If the board and battery are maintained properly then a Li-Ion Battery (Standard Battery) will last for 300-1000 charge cycles before reaching 80% of it’s capacity (the international standard to rating cycle life). That means if you use your electric skateboard daily the battery will last for about 1-3 years. The biggest life factor of the battery is how many cycles your batteries can take before the capacity drops. In addition rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries have a limited span and will continuously lose their capacity. So if you want to keep your board longer than a few years its inevitable to change the battery. The cost of battery replacement ranges from $150 to $500. Basically, it’s like your body. By constantly replacing the major parts you can make it last a long time. If you want to learn more about electric skateboard batteries, how long they last, and get some battery saving tips check out my article on batteries by clicking here.
Will electric skateboards get cheaper?
Whether or not electric skateboards get cheaper will depend on the consumer demand and whether or not the cost of batteries is going to fall. I personally think that electric skateboards definitely will get cheaper in the future. The economy of scale it’s not really significant yet and the competition on the market is still relatively low. And these two factors are quite vital in lowering product prices over time.
A couple of additional tips: Purchase a good helmet and protective gear – protect your body, it’s a good investment. Your board won’t be worth much if you get hurt. If your eboard doesn’t have lights, consider adding these as well. If it gets dark earlier and you can still ride it.
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