By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Ever since Marty McFly rode a hoverboard in the film Back to the Future, skateboarding enthusiasts have been waiting for the day they could do the same. Well, the OneWheel and E-GO Cruiser don’t exactly hover in the air, but these electric skateboards seem to be headed in the right direction.
For example, the E-GO Cruiser has a tiny motor on the bottom of a traditional longboard. The electric motor can be remotely controlled by a special phone app or a wireless remote, and can go as fast as 12 mph. According to Yuneec, the company responsible for this toy, the board can go 18 miles before it needs to be recharged. At that point, the E-GO Cruiser can be ridden just like a normal board, which is a feature OneWheel definitely cannot brag about.
As the name implies, OneWheel has three wheels less than the average skateboard, and it’s stationed smack dab in the middle of the board. The 25-pound toy definitely offers an interesting ride. Instead of kick pedaling, a skater just has to lean forward to make the OneWheel go, almost like riders on a Segway motor scooter. It has a top speed of 15 mph and can travel about 6-8 miles before it needs another charge. If you happen to buy their super charger, the board is ready to ride in 20 minutes. Not too shabby for a skateboard with one wheel.
While OneWheel will be priced at more than $1000, the E-GO Cruiser will be sold around the $700 range.