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ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 28-30 AND THEREAFTER - Joe Carabettwith his electric skateboard Tuesday Sept. 17 2013 campus

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

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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.



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