Purdue students hope to ride innovation to success
September 28, 2013 12:36PM
ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 28-30 AND THEREAFTER - Joe Carabetta with his electric skateboard Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, on the campus of Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. Carabetta, a senior, and Evan Merz, also a senior, designed the electric skate board, which can travel 8-10 miles on a charge. Their design allows for the electric motor to be attached to any skate board or long board. The battery for the electric motor charges in about an hour. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune) NO SALES
Updated: September 28, 2013 11:46PM
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Two Purdue University students are working to rev up interest in a custom-made electric skateboard motor.
Engineering students Joe Carabetta and Evan Merz created a modular attachment that can transform skateboards into electric boards that can hit speeds of 25 mph. They’ve named the product and their company Kickr.
The Journal & Courier reports users step on a custom throttle pad, which sends a signal to the motor that spins the wheel.
A patent is pending. The pair are now hoping to market the device and sell it for about $400 each.
They have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to start production.