I really feel the urge to finally build myself an electric skateboard. I have already built drones – but to construct a vehicle you can actually ride is definitely new for me. So I need your help.
For a newcomer to this hobby, the marked is a bit overwhelming. I could find some components, but I am quite sure that they don’t all match together. Plus, the build like I “designed” it is still a bit too expensive for me. So please, let me know what you think and what I can improve.
The goal is to have an electric skateboard with hub motors (and replaceable wheels), capable of going at least 35 kmh (20 mah) and 30km (20m) of range. It should be able to drive uphill – let’s say 20°. This while I’m on it with my (drone-)backpack – total 90kg.
This is what I have come up by now. I don’t plan to build this – I only post this to give you an idea of my lack of knowledge in this hobby…
You already gave me references for the enclosures. Do you know any awesome site for decks? I am looking for a pin tail deck - it should be a neutral, classy design but not boring… I struggle to find a deck that fits my taste online
yeah that kit comes with everything but the motors.
thats do-able with hubs, but they’ll heat up much quicker than belt counterparts.
i’m not a pin-tail guy myself… kick tail is small and i don’t like the shape so I can’t help you there. my choice is to look at the enclosures already made and pick a deck so they are a perfect fit for each other.
An important thing to think about when choosing a deck / enclosure, is the battery. Will you have enough room for that Torqueboards battery? If not youve got to think about the size of the pack, the power you’ll need, and what range is acceptable to you.
Feel free to ask here about everything, but especially battery stuff. Its tricky for a beginner
Actually I think its the other way round, you don’t need to take care of the enclosure and assembly is usually a lot easier. But I’m a fan of integrated decks anyway
Maybe direct drives are an option? They are not as stealth as the hub motors but have less heat problems and you can use full urethane compared to those thin sleeves.
I’ve never seen those Hubs from Kais store used anywhere so I have no idea what they’re capable of. I got some hummie hubs fortunately and I love them. I had only one opportunity to ride a belt drive board but I preferred my hummies by far.
I’m currently waiting for the neoHubs which I’ll use for a lightweight street deck build, hopefully they’ll be good but noone had the opportunity to test them yet.
The Hubmotors you linked are similar to Maytech Hubmotors, those were my first motors to get me into DIY, I would not recommend them. The motors sold by Meepo are cheaper and better if you want to go the cheap Hubmotor route.
Hubmotors paired with Vesc based ESC’S will get you up a 20° hill, the biggest downside is comfort, with Hubmotors you feel all the vibrations of the road.
This are some vendors within EU who are selling parts and bits.
For batteries, I think @Acido is building custom batteries in the EU.