Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on November 10, 2007
Wish you could get around town without taking a gas guzzling car or the bus? Well, Roth Motors has a really cool solution. With the look of a scooter, Roth has designed the Motorboard for urban travel. The 2000XR base model weighs only 16 pounds and has a 6-mile range with top speeds of 15 mph, thus making the Roth Motorboard a powerful personal transportation device. (Extended range battery upgrades are an option, which add only ounces to the weight of the board and provide up to a 20-mile range.)
The design of the Motorboard is unique and clever; the scooter uses the world’s most advanced nanotechnology battery cells from A123 systems (essentially the Gucci of batteries). They’re not only incredibly powerful, they’re also the safest lithium batteries around. Charge time is a little under two hours. The best part of it is, if you’re Motorboarding about and you run out of juice, the Motorboard can be kick-scooted until you get to where you can plug in your battery for re-charging.
Manufactured in California, the Motorboard is priced to sell at only $799. Seems a little spendy for a glorified skateboard, but not a bad price when you consider that some human-powered bicycles cost that or more. (The Go-Ped, on the other hand, costs more, weighs more, and uses less exquisite batteries.)
I think Roth has something going here if your commutes are generally short ones. If not, this probably isn’t the device for you.