January 3, 2018 update: See Not Inmotion, Not Hover-1, So ZBoard?
Dealing with China is nothing but frustration.
Just when it seems that a Chinese company is doing something different, further research unveils the truth: They’ve cloned someone else again!
In a prior post — Inmotion K1 Is Actually Trying To Create An Entirely New Skateboard Market — I praised Inmotion.
I shouldn’t have.
Their new board is a clone that I actually saw before, in person, but didn’t know what I was seeing because I didn’t ask. I should have asked!
In my December 2-3, 2017 Weekend In Review post, I wrote:
The only other electric skateboard I saw was called X-Hover and closely resembled the Meepo Campus, down to having a cut-out handle. I lifted it and was surprised at how damn heavy it was! I didn’t ask the price. I can’t find it at Paragon’s site, but here’s a Best Buy listing that puts it at a whopping US$299.
That is the board Inmotion has cloned.
It is the pioneer. Not Inmotion.
Some screensnaps from the Hover-1 Cruze promo video:
And another video:
This is exactly the board I saw at Paragon Sports:
If I had bothered to ask about it, I would have known a month ago that I was seeing something new in electric skateboards.
From now on, I will damn well ask!
With its single hub drive 150-watt motor, this is built strictly for flats, despite the stunts shown in the video. With a max speed of 8.5mph (or 11mph, it’s unclear) and max distance of 5 miles (or 9 miles, again unclear), this isn’t a primary board for grownups but could be a backup board just to run to a nearby store. Its charging time of 2 hours doesn’t do anyone any favors, however.
But at US$299, I doubt many people will buy it. It should be US$150-$199.
And for the kicker, Inmotion is cloning something invented by a kid!