Video: Will This Electric Skateboard Solve the ‘Last Mile’ Commute?

Tech companies see opportunity to solve infrastructure challenge

Video: John Tejada, Nick Gardner; Editor: Josh Rios
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Commuting in cities is hard. Delayed trains. Sick passengers. Police activities. Human beings packed together like sardines, smell included.

And with “Infrastructure Week” becoming an internet joke for the crumbling and ineffectiveness of our highways, bridges and tunnels, and our current administration, tech companies are seeing an opportunity. Enter: the electric skateboard.

On a pleasantly warm October afternoon, Adweek hopped on a Boosted Board to see what an electric skateboard has to offer. None of us is a skateboarder—though I used to play Tony Hawk’s video game a ton back in the day—so it was a bit of serendipity that we stumbled upon a few passersby who ride religiously.

While technologies like electric scooters have dominated the discussion of the last mile of commuting, electric skateboards are trying to enter the fray. The gist: Instead of taking a subway or a bus, which can each take, depending on the day’s maladies, large chunks of time, electric skateboards offer an easy, breezy, if not daring commute.

“I think an eskateboard is definitely good for commuting, depending on how far you’re going,” said Jakeem, one of three skaters we ran into.

Put on your helmet, grab your board, and put your straphanging days behind you.

Check out our video on what electric skateboards are all about and how they’re looking to fill that last-mile commute.

@joshsternberg Josh Sternberg is the former media and tech editor at Adweek.