Let’s dive into the growing list of long-range electric skateboards available on the market today. Our guide should help you to weigh the pros and cons of various long-range electric skateboards to find the right board for you.
Table of Electric Skateboards with the Longest Range:
|Model||(Advertised) Range||Battery Size|
|Lacroix Nazaré Lonestar||60 miles (97 km)||2178 Wh|
|Kaly NYC XL50+||55 miles (88 km)||1732 Wh|
|Bioboards Thorium X||50 miles (80 km)||756 Wh|
|Kaly NYC XL40||42 miles (68 km)||1300 Wh|
|Bajaboard S2||37 miles (60 km)||1000 Wh|
|Lacroix Nazaré||37 miles (60 km)||1089 Wh|
|Bioboards Thorium X4||37 miles (60 km)||756 Wh|
|Vestar Black Hawk||32 miles (51 km)||630 Wh|
|Evolve GTR||31 miles (50 km)||504 Wh|
|Metroboard X||30 miles (48 km)||576 Wh|
|Vestar Night Fury||30 miles (48 km)||504 Wh|
|Bajaboard Pantera||28 miles (45 km)||1100 Wh|
|Bajaboard G4||24 miles (38 km)||900 Wh|
|Lacroix Jaws||24 miles (38 km)||726 Wh|
|Kaly NYC XL2.0||24 miles (38 km)||700 Wh|
|Bajaboard G4X||21 miles (34 km)||900 Wh|
|Ownboard GT/AT||19 miles (30 km)||504 Wh|
In the fast, ever-changing climate we find ourselves in, being quick on your feet while remaining consistent in your day to day can be integral. The reliability of our daily commute is one of the biggest bastions of consistency that we have. In fact, some studies find that consumers who enjoy their commute are generally happier and more satisfied in their job position. Electric skateboards can seriously improve your daily commute, making it more fun while also decreasing your environmental footprint.
But not all electric skateboards are created equally. Charge length and speed control are both important contributing factors to the effectiveness of a given commuter electric skateboard. Likewise, consumers more interested in riding and carving hills recreationally might prefer an electric board with higher potential speeds and a lower range.
It’s always crucial that you choose a board that fits your desired range if you plan to go e-skating. Rather you’re e-skating out of necessity or just for fun, it’s never great to have to pick up a board with a dead battery and lug it around. Especially when most users by an electric skateboard in the first place to improve their quality of life, an ineffective battery can quickly defeat the purpose of using this innovative transportation device in the first place.
What determines the range of an electric skateboard?
While battery size may be the main deciding factor on the range of a given board, it would be an error to remove factors like motor power and wheel size from the equation. Among other things, these technical specifications come to play an important role in determining the performance of your electric skateboard.
Battery Size and Capacity
The battery size is generally considered the important factor you should consider when searching for a skateboard with an extended range. Think of the battery size of your e-board like the gas tank of a car. Battery capacity is measured in Watt-hours (Wh = volts x amp-h). However, it is also important to consider the important differences between various brands and setups. Even brands with similar battery capacities can influence their board range through a number of additional technical factors.
If the volts and the amp-hours of a board are displayed separately, then the true size of the battery is found by multiplying the two values together. It can be difficult to figure out the precise battery size of some electric boards, so be sure to carefully examine the technical specs before making a purchase.
Sometimes, e-board companies try to hide the true size of the battery by just displaying a range, or including the battery size with ampere-hours or voltage numbers on their website. I did some research and calculated the real battery size in Watt-hours (Wh) and have put it in the table above. The battery size of e-boards varies from 90 to 2000 Wh. Finding the accurate battery size is an important component of comparison when shopping in the e-skating industry, as companies can artificially inflate the range of their boards. You can read more about that in my battery guide.
The motor type and its power output is also an important factor in determining the range of your electric skateboard. We can put motors into three different categories: single, dual, and Quattro motor setups. A powerful motor can usually hit high speeds, but will also drain and potentially die more quickly. Stronger motors might also wear and break down easier, and this gradual wear and tear can also eat away at the range of your board.
Wheels and Wheel Size
Both the size and type of wheels on your board can help to influence its range. Big wheels generally provide a higher top speed, but lower acceleration than smaller wheels. The drag on pavement resulting from pneumatic wheels can also deplete the range of the device. Some estimates from researchers and experienced riders find that the drop-in range from using off-road (pneumatic) variants can be as much as ⅓ to ¼, which is pretty notable. Also, remember to keep those wheels in good shape. Riding with under-inflated wheels will also lower the range of your electric board considerably.
Age of Battery
The storage capacity of the battery slowly depletes the older it gets. If a Li-Ion Battery is maintained properly, it will typically last for up to around 1000 charges before reaching 80% of its original capacity. That means that if you use your electric skateboard daily, the battery will last you about 1- 3 years. Regular maintenance of your skateboard and its battery can help to keep the battery working effectively. Read more about battery life on our official guide here.
The total payload of your ride, meaning you, your gear and your board, is one of the major determining factors regarding your range. The slimmer the rider and the lighter the packing, the more generous your range will become. After all, most of us weight substantially more than the few dozen pounds of the average e-board.
The battery capacity is impacted by the outside temperature. On a cold, winter day your E-board might get 15% less range out of one battery in comparison to a temperate summer day. For you folks who live in seasonal regions, expect the capacity to be impacted by the outside temperature!
Other Range determining factors
- Wind: Of course, the wind may impact the power output of your board, especially if you drive against the force of it to decrease your range. Wind can also help you increase the range if you ride along with it. The wind is another factor we have to take into consideration when calculating the estimated range of any board.
- Terrain: Most of the ranges advertised on popular boards are tested in flat environments. This makes it hard to use these range quotes to estimate potential range on more hilly or mountainous terrains. A hill climb, for example, can decrease the range of your board. It can also put more stress on the battery. The overall terrain will also dictate how much friction there is and how much your board has to work just to get around. Sand, dirt, frost, and asphalt all show different results.
- Riding Habit: With decent riding habits, you can seriously conserve power, extending the range and battery life of your board. Power-saving riding habits that might increase range:Kick-push the board to support the acceleration (especially when starting)
- Avoid halts and reacceleration
- Try to accelerate smoothly
- Try to avoid hill starts, these will drain a lot of power
- Ride with low speeds
If you want to know more about that check out my eskate range guide article here.
Advertised vs Real Range of electric skateboards
In the table at the beginning of this blog post, you can see the advertised ranges stated by the manufacturing companies. But can we rely on these advertised ranges being correct? Not compared to real life. The majority of manufactures test the range in ideal riding conditions, meaning, 100% flat terrain, no wind, no stops, riding in a slow speed mode, and with slow average speed. In many real-life tests, riders have reported that the real range of their boards often fails to match their advertised ranges. In fact, sometimes these stated ranges are downright exaggerated, and some claimed ranges might even be three times higher than the reality. You should take this very seriously when doing your research to find the right board for you. There is NO standard to control manufacturers, so it’s pretty much still the Wild West when it comes to range claims. Do your own secondary research and read reviews and testimonials from e-skaters before taking any company’s claim as true.
Testimonials and reviews are generally the most effective resources for e-skaters looking to verify the claims of electric skateboard creators. There is a wealth of resources in the growing e-skater community in this respect. Skaters all over the world share their findings and experiences online. Referencing the claims of e-skateboard companies against the findings of their customers is a great way to figure out if the product will perform the way they say it will.
When you think about it, it is impossible for electric skateboard range statements to be completely accurate. Important performance figures can be impacted by a range of factors, including quality of maintenance, average speed, terrain, and more. It’s important for consumers to understand how their behavior with a board can affect its range. The following section will introduce you to the core outside factors that help to limit or extend the range of an electric skateboard.
The Best long-range Electric Skateboards
Lacroix Nazaré Lonestar
The board with the biggest battery capacity out there is the Lacroix Nazaré Lonestar. It has a 2176 Wh Battery, that’s just massive. The average eskate battery has around 200 Wh. The founders of Lacroix originally specialized in snowboarding and surfing. However, they found themselves craving a street board experience, and so the Lacroix company was born. Lacroix has since dedicated itself to building the state of the art asphalt carving experience. The Nazaré Lonestar has some competitor but it is undoubted one of the best high-end electric skateboards on the market right now.
The Nazare Lonestar comes with trucks designed specifically to counteract speed-wobbles, the Hypertrucks. For a better experience, the asymmetrical deck is designed with concaves and with a fiberglass layer to create a better riding experience. Moreover, you can customize some of the aspects of your board at purchase. The flex of the board, the various motor pulleys, and titanium axles are only some of the options to pick from. This is a fast, light board that offers an impressive advertised range of up to 60 miles (96km).
|Top Speed||45 mph (73 km/h) – Nazaré (YouTube Video)|
|Range||60 miles (97 km)|
|Battery Size||2178 Wh|
|Motor Power||2 x 3550W = 7100 Watts – DSS50+|
no info of the other models but they are more powerful
|Weight||45 lbs (20.5 kg)|
|Max weight capacity||350 lbs (160 kg)|
|Hill climb||no info – but they surely climb hills|
|Recharge time||6 hours – Nazare Lonestar|
|Water resistance||yes – but no IP rating|
|Wheel / Tyre Size||8 inch (20 cm)|
|Link to Website||lacroixboards.com|
|Price||$ 3999 – Lacroix Nazaré Lonestar|
|Link to our Reviews|| Lacroix Jaws Review|
Lacroix Nazaré Lonestar Review
Kaly NYC XL50+
Kaly NYC advertises their boards’ range as “Real-Life-Range” and claims that their XL50+ board will go +50 miles in a single charge for a rider of 210lbs. Of course, this number will differ depending on the user’s riding habits, maintenance practices, and more. Check out our comprehensive Review of the Kaly NYC 2.0.
The XL50+ offers two different flex options for the deck, which features an impressive fiberglass, carbon fiber, and basalt blend. The harder flex option makes the board stiffer, which is ideal for both heavier riders and riders who intend to cruise at higher speeds. The medium flex is optimal for an exciting and versatile carving experience. The deck employs a fascinating concave design, and the board comes with 8-inch wheels. However, the board can also accommodate 6- to 8-inch wheels, allowing for a fair bit of flexibility for riders.
Overall, the specs of the XL50+ make for a versatile board with an extremely impressive range.
|Top Speed||no official info, but they are fast|
|Range||55 miles (88 km)|
|Battery Size||1732 Wh|
|Motor Power||no info|
|Weight||no info, but they are heavy|
|Max weight capacity||no info, but more than 260 lbs (118 kg)|
|Hill climb||no info|
|Recharge time||3 hrs 40 min|
|Water Resistance||No info|
|Wheel / Tyre Size||8 inch | 20 cm|
|Link to Website||kaly.nyc|
|Link to our Review||Kaly NYC 2.0 Review|
Bioboards Thorium X
Bioboards is a relatively recent company that started in Sweden. It was founded in 2018 from DIY electric skateboard builders who wanted the best of the best. They could not find what they were looking for, so they decided to start by building the best electric skateboard (from their point of view).
One of these boards that Bioboards offer is the Thorium X. With a range of up to 80 km (about 50 miles), this board is nothing to scoff at. The skateboard can reach top speeds of up to 65km/h (40mph). The powerful dual motors are sealed to be resistant to rainy weather, improving the functionality of the board for consistent commuters and explorers alike.
Keep in mind that Bioboards only ship to the US, EU, Canada, and Australia. Users outside of these areas are missing out on a quality board. But there’s still hope yet; many of the e-skateboards on our list ship worldwide and offer similarly impressive ranges and top speeds.
|Top Speed||40 mph (65 km/h)|
|Range||50 miles (80 km)|
|Battery Size||756 Wh|
|Motor Power||2 x 3600W = 7200 Watts|
|Weight||30 pounds (14 kg)|
|Max Weight Capacity||350 lbs (160 kg)|
|Hill Climb||35 %|
|Recharge Time||No info|
|Price||$ 3500 – 4100|
|Link to Website||bioboards.se|
Bajaboard Board S2
The Bajaboard S2 advertises itself as being a great all-rounder; Suited for all kinds of terrain, with its pneumatic wheels and shock-absorption system, offering a stable, decent range and speed, all while staying at a considerable light 34lbs (15.5kg) – 43lbs (19.5kg), depending on how you fit your personalized board.
The board is sold with either 8-inch or 10-inch wheels, as well as a 600Wh or 1000Wh motor. Of course, the bigger motor lends you a far wider range as well as speed, but you might want to consider what sort of wheel size might fit your specific environment. The 10-inch wheels can do wonders off-road but might result in too much drag on an everyday commute. Even so, the shock-absorption and the S2 light-kit, that comes with head- and taillights and even indicators, make sure that commute is both comfortable and safe.
This litany of add-on options makes the Bajaboard S2 a solid choice for users shopping on a budget. The device is also highly customizable, so users can alter the S2’s wheel size, motor power, and more to help the board to better suit their needs.
|Top Speed||37 mph (60km/h)|
|Range||37 miles (60km)|
|Battery Size||600 Wh or 1000 Wh|
|Motor Power||no info|
|Weight||34 lbs (15.5 kg)|
|Max weight capacity||350 lbs (160 kg)|
|Recharge time||2.5 – 4 hrs|
|Water Resistance||Water Resistant but not waterproof|
|Wheel / Tyre Size||10 inch | 254mm|
8 inch | 203mm
|Link to website||bajaboard.com.au|
Vestar Black Hawk
The Vestar Black Hawk is our first “budget” board on the list. It is available with Street wheels, all-terrain wheels, and the 2-in-one. The board is fitted with a unique, Vestar design motor holder with a belt tension adjustment function. Brakes are solid.
The all-terrain deck is a 2-ply bamboo, 7-ply Canadian maple mix that makes it flexible, lending to a comfy ride. Each Vestar board is designed to be water-resistant, although it is not advised to go overboard with aquatic terrains, as liquid seeping into the charging port or power button can lead to damage.
The 4000 Watt motor helps the Black Hawk to hit an impressive top speed of around 27 mph, while the 630 Wh battery size makes it one of the most long-lasting budget board devices on our list.
|Top Speed||27 mph ( 43.4 km/h)|
|Range||32 miles ( 51.5 km)|
|Battery Size||630 Wh|
|Motor Power||2*2000W = 4000 Watts|
|Weight||23 lbs (10.5 kg)|
|Max weight capacity||no info|
|Recharge time||no info|
|Water Resistance||Water Resistant but not waterproof|
|Wheel / Tyre Size||36-37 inch | 910-940 mm|
|Link to website||vestarboard.com|
Metroboard is with over 10 years one of the oldest players on the market. It’s probably also on the most reputable eskate companies right now. The Metroboard X comes with either street or all-terrain wheels, depending on your needs. The street wheels reach an advertised range of 30 miles on a single charge. While this isn’t the most impressive range on this list, it’s far from measly and will likely work for most daily commuters. The board is designed to be convenient, and its dynamic design makes changing its wheels and belts an easy and convenient process. The carbon fiber deck has a dropped platform to keep your feet stable on the board, which is especially helpful when you hit top speeds.
A fast, smart, and convenient ride with stainless steel truck axis to withstand those tough and unpredictable terrains, ensuring both an effortless everyday commute and a solid off-road experience.
|Top Speed||23 mph | 37 km/h – All Terrain Tyres|
26 mph | 42 km/h – Street Wheels
|Range||20 mi | 32 km – All terrain|
30 mi | 48 km – Street Wheels
|Battery Size||576 Wh|
|Motor Power||2 x 3000 Watts|
|Weight||29 lbs | 13 kg – All terrain|
28 lbs | 12,7 kg – Street
|Max weight capacity||300 lbs | 135 kg|
|Hill climb||no info|
|Recharge time||5 hours|
|Water Resistance||no info|
|Wheel / Tyre Size||7.5 inch | 19 cm|
|Link to Website:||metro-board.com|
|Price||$ 2499 – Metroboard X|
Ownboard Bamboo GT
Although the Ownboard Bamboo electric skateboard is available with several different wheel options, the GT model generally offers the greatest range. Its 120 mm cloud wheels give the device an extra edge when it comes to range. With these wheels, the Ownboard Bamboo can keep rolling for an impressive 26 miles.
It is also worth noting that riders have reported that the Ownboard’s stated range is actually lower than the actual range on the road. Riders should note, however, that the increased range offered by the 120 mm wheels comes at a cost to the board’s surface versatility. These wheels can go off-road, but this might cause damage and should be generally avoided when possible.
Dual 1500W motors provide a solid source of power; the board can reach speeds of up to 26.6 mph. Again, the realities offered by the board’s performance actually exceed the estimates quoted in the brand’s advertising campaign. Overall, the Ownboard Bamboo GT offers a relatively versatile ride with a very decent range and top speed.
|Top Speed||26 mph (42 km/h)|
|Range||26 miles (42 km)|
|Weight||25 lbs (11 kg)|
|Battery Size||504 Wh|
|Motor Power||1500*2 = 3000 Watts|
|Max weight capacity||265 lbs (120kg)|
|Hill climb||30 %|
|Charge time||6 – 7 hrs|
|Wheel Size/ Tyre Size||120 mm|
|Water Resistance||No Rating|
|Link to Website||ownboard.net|
|Price||$899 – $1,199|
|Link to our Review||Ownboard Bamboo AT/GT Review|
Pros of long-range Electric Skateboards
There are a number of reasons why a long-range electric skateboard might be right for you. In particular, consumers who want to use their electric skateboard to improve their commute might benefit from the extended range of many of the models on our list. Even aside from the commute, users might even be able to travel across their cities using these long-range boards. Many of the motors of the models on this list are powerful enough to effectively climb the hills of nearly any metropolitan area, making the boards a great way to traverse the city.
But long-range boards can also be economical. These models can cut down on gas costs. E-skating can replace traditional motor vehicles for users who live in the city and would otherwise drive wherever they need to go. As a replacement for other forms of transportation, electric skateboards can also improve the environmental footprint of the rider. These boards are relatively friendly for the environment, and the impressive top speeds require little deviation from your existing commuting routines.
Cons of long-range Electric Skateboards
Weight is one big downside of many long-range boards. Compared to allrounder or beginner boards, long-range models are heavier. This should come as no surprise, considering that longer ranges demand large batteries.
The main downside of a heavier board is that it’s harder to carry. You shouldn’t have to carry your long-range board for extended periods of time often, but it sometimes becomes necessary. At some point, you always have to pick up the board to store, charge, or transport. An excessively heavy board can quickly become more tedious. Riders who expect to ride in areas where changes in terrain are common should be especially sensitive to issues of weight. If you’re riding along and hit a patch of terrain that might damage your wheel, your best bet is to pick up the e-skateboard and carry it to better land. This can be hard if the device is too heavy.
Price is another major reason some e-skaters stray from long-range boards. The high price tag on many of these models makes sense, given the impressive technical specifications of batteries and motors required to make an electric skateboard work for multiple miles on a single charge.
Both of these concerns can be mitigated by careful comparison shopping. Some boards in the long-range niche are lighter than others, and many are relatively inexpensive. Finding the right board can help you to gain the benefits of a long-range e-skateboard without the downsides of high cost and weight.
Considerations for buying a long-range electric skateboard
There are multiple things you should consider before investing the time and money into a long-range electric skateboard.
Long-range riders should be honest about their endurance and physical limitations. Though many of the boards on our list can offer ranges of over 20 miles, not all users can endure such a long ride. Skateboarding places a surprising amount of stress on the legs and feet. The idea that e-skating requires little physical endurance is a common misconception. While electric boards don’t require you to push off against the ground as much as traditional skateboards, it takes a lot of leg strength to stand and control the board for miles at a time. Many skaters need to train and practice to be able to ride their boards on longer trips.
The costs of maintenance and protective gear should also be factored into your buying decision. Because long-range boards are used for extended periods at one time, it can be easier for the components of your board to suffer gradual wear. The wheels, bearings, and even the deck can be worn down by constant use. This means that users should be ready to incur additional costs for upkeep as time goes on. While all boards should be used with ample protective gear, long-range boards make protection especially important. Many users of these e-skateboards commute in areas with heavy traffic, frequent hills, or shifting terrain. This can increase the likelihood of crashing, and the speeds obtained by some models could make a collision fatal.
Be sure to purchase all of the protective gear you need before investing in a long-range board.
Studies repeatedly show that the quality of your daily commute directly influences your happiness and job satisfaction. A growing number of people are turning to long-range electric skateboards to improve their commute and improve their quality of life. An e-skateboard can make the commute more fun while reducing your carbon footprint and gas costs. These same boards can also be used in a number of other ways. Some models come with wheels fitted for multiple terrains, making them ideal for urban exploration of metropolitan travel. But riders who go eskating just for fun will have their pleasure with long-range models. It’s frustrating when you are shredding down the roads and enjoying the activity but have to stop due to an empty battery.
There’s no shortage of solid options for e-skaters looking to use a long-range board. Despite the shared purposes of many of these models, a variety of technical differences makes comparison shopping an absolute necessity for consumers. Weight, maximum range, top speeds, and multiple technical specifications complicate the purchasing decision.
When searching for the perfect long-range board for your needs, be sure to carefully consider your needs and look for devices with specs that suit your requirements. If you imagine that you might have to pick up your board frequently, for example, consider looking for a light model. Riders looking for an impressive terrain versatility should strive for skateboards with multiple wheel options.
That’s it, have fun riding! Ride’n Roll!