Hamburg, Germany 12/06/2015
A startup of boardsports enthusiasts from Hamburg is about to bring the concept of electric driven skateboards to a whole new le-vel. They developed the first mountable drive that turns any normal skateboard into an electric skateboard – in a blink of an eye. Half a year after their successful Kick-starter campaign they now release their next milestone on their way to serial pro-duction: the final design.
In late spring 2015 the Hamburg based startup Mellow Boards introduced in their Kickstarter campaign the worlds first mountable electric drive that fits on any skateboard. Unlike all other e-boards, which are produced in Asia, the newcomers from Hamburg rely on quality „Made in Germany“. To great success: After one month they gathered supporters from over 28 countries and a funding sum of over 325.000 US Dollar. Enough starter cash to bring their dream of „the Endless Ride“ to the streets. Six months later the team now uncovers the final design of the Mellow Drive.
Altogether the design of the drive, now all-black, looks more pure and grown up and aligns with the classical shape of a skateboard. But the new facelift also goes hand in hand with a lot of technical improvements. The surrounding frame made of magnesium offers maximum protection for the Mellow Drive and the swappable battery pack (10 mile range) against curbs and impacts of all kind.
Also the swapping of the battery has become smarter. With its click-in mechanism less space is needed which is good news for those who are interested in the 4x4 setup. The new design allows you to mount the two drives even on shorter decks.
The only button of the system is located on top of the battery. This is where you switch the Mellow Drive on and off. While riding you control the Mellow Drive with the custom made remote. It’s a one button device with a LED display and a slide control.
The ribbed surface of the frame towards the truck is pretty striking. But this is actually not a design but a safety feature as Kilan Green (CTO at Mellow Boards) explains. The ribs are there to dissipate heat during braking. Unlike the competition Mellow has a dual braking system. The regenerative brake directs energy back into the battery with every braking maneuver. In case the battery is fully charged, Mellow has a built-in braking resistor that prevents the brake from switching off and dissipates the energy into heat via the ribs. Most of the other brakes out there simply switch off at that point.
A real eyecatcher are the blue wheels with their yellow rims. They are the colourful cover for the in-wheel motors (25 mph top speed). To exchange them, all you need is a standard skateboard tool. If you like the looks you can even get the matching front truck in the Mel-low pre-order shop (www.mellowboards.com).
The new design isn’t the only big step towards serial production. At the turn of the year Mellow Boards will also start the second phase of their pre-order. So in case you couldn’t decide yet to order your Mellow Drive you shouldn’t wait too long. From January 1st prices will go up – around 200 US Dollar per drive. The principle behind that is simple, the sooner you order, the better the offer.
Kathrin Hoffmann Public Relations // Press
MORE ABOUT MELLOW BOARDS
Mellow Boards was founded by Johannes Schewe and Kilian Green in January 2015 to provide the best electric skateboard drive in the world. With their mountable electric drive „made in Germany“ they have become pioneers in the market. The startup gathered more than 300.000 Euros with their crowd funding campaign on kickstarter, as one of the first German companies. Additional investors followed. With a head quarter in Hamburg and production facilities in the south of Germany the company works with a team of 18 employees spread out through Europe. For more information visit www.mellowboards.com.
Hamburg, Germany 12/06/2015