The electric skateboard trying to dethrone Boosted


– I’m Becca Farsace with The
Verge, and this is a Dot board. It’s a modular electric skateboard, and y’all, it’s kinda sick. (upbeat music) There are three models of Dot boards. The Compact, the Cruiser,
and the Transporter. All of the boards are made
of a composite of maple, V.ply, and fiberglass. The Compact and Cruiser
rock pinstripe decks with kick tails, while the Transporter is a wood grain drop through. Each board also has two rear red lights that act as brake lights. All right, first, the Compact. It starts at $1,279, and
the main advantage here is its size and weight, with the disadvantage being its range. You have the option of one or two motors, with the second motor
costing an extra $170. The speed maxes out at 18 miles per hour, and it can get up to 12 miles of range. This board whips, and
it’s super easy to carry. But for full range, speed, and comfort, with the con being weight,
Dot offers the Transporter. This board starts at 1,599, and it is absolutely the
Cadillac of the Dot lineup. She whips, she whips! If you pop those 120 millimeter wheels on, it feels like you’re
riding on a damn cloud. I got real comfortable, real
fast going really quick. You can get up to 24 miles
per hour on this thing, and max out at 24 miles
of range, which is insane. You give up portability though. I mean, this thing is
huge and it is heavy. Carrying this would be a pain, it’s definitely an A to B
board with no stops in between. Now the Cruiser sits right
in between the Compact and the Transporter. It starts at 1,299, with a max speed of 18 miles an hour,
and 18 miles of range. I think this is the sweet spot in terms of sizes for
electric skateboards. I mean, number one, I just
have a wider stance on a board, so I appreciate that extra room, but also, if I had to get on the subway, I could easily pick this
up and take it with me without it being a huge hassle. The remote is a little different. So you have an acceleration
and a brake on the back side. I found myself using my pointer
finger and my middle finger to accelerate and my ring
finger and my pinky to brake. The remote definitely
took some getting used to, and I was often afraid of accelerating when I meant to brake. And if you pair that with this
board’s quick acceleration and quick braking, it’s
all just a little spooky. But what I did love about the remote was the tiny screen on it. You can see a speedometer, you can see how many miles
you’ve gone in your trip, you can change settings. This board is also not waterproof, it’s definitely not made
to be riding in the rain. If it does get wet though, it’ll indicate on the remote
that your motor is wet. The unique thing these
boards are doing though is how customizable they are. With each board, you have the option of how many batteries you want and on the two smaller boards, you have the option of how
many hub motors you want. One motor will provide a 15% hill climb, and two motors doubles
that to a 30% hill climb. Batteries each provide
around six miles of range, and each one will cost you
an extra $200 per battery that you add to your kit. Motors are swappable via an Allen key that is stored in the front truck, and batteries just pop right on and off by using the Allen key to unscrew them from the top of the board. I was able to change out the wheels and the motors in under two minutes. And batteries were just as easy. Okay, so there is one big
flaw with these boards, and it’s in its
regenerative braking system. Basically that means that when
you’re riding and you brake, it’s sending power back
into the batteries, which in theory is wonderful. And Dot even says that when you
charge your battery to 100%, it actually caps the battery
just a bit below that so that if you brake when
you start on a full battery, well, it’ll have room
to send some power back. The problem is, if you start
at the top of a very large hill with a full battery, like I did, and you go down the hill, well, when you get towards the bottom, your brakes aren’t gonna work anymore because your battery’s gonna be full. So here’s a video of Phil and I quite literally
riding off into the sunset. (wind roaring) Oh my god, it’s not slowing down. – Just hold the bra–
– And this is the moment I saw my entire life flash before my eyes. It felt like the worst speed
wobble I’ve ever experienced. Basically under my back foot, it felt like the brakes were pulsing, like they were attempting to brake, but not actually braking. And then that made my
back leg start to wobble, and then I looked at the remote, and I was going 27 miles per hour. And there’s absolutely no way I could have jumped off the board. So overall, it was a
terrifying experience. This brings up a good point though. When you’re riding an electric skateboard, there’s like this false
sense of confidence, right, that like you can brake at any time, you can accelerate at any time. But the truth is, if you wouldn’t do it
on a normal skateboard, you probably shouldn’t do it
on an electric skateboard. I did reach out to Dot about this issue, and they responded by saying
the remote will alert you if you try to brake while
the battery is full. The alert will be a
repeating haptic signal on the remote and a low brakes
message on that tiny screen. But during my experience with the board, I never received those
messages, and even if I had, I feel like they would’ve
been too little too late. Dot, please, please fix this. (upbeat music) So you could buy the base
model of one of these boards and say in a month or even a year, update to two motors
or add more batteries. But that’s also relying on
Dot staying afloat in a market that has seen companies come and go, and also seen companies like Boosted completely dominate the field. But what Dot’s doing is
actually pretty unique. I mean, skateboarding is about
changing out your wheels, your trucks, your deck, and just being able to do it yourself. And its really cool to see that come to the electric
rideables market. (upbeat electric guitar music) Woo! (upbeat electric guitar music)

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