Electric longboards are growing as popular as ever when it comes to short-range commuting. And while they are pretty big, they’re easy enough to carry by hand or strap onto your backpack for those times you’re not riding them. The Linky electric longboard thinks they should be even more compact during those times.
A foldable electric longboard, it can compact to half the length when not in use, making it small enough to fit inside a backpack. That’s right, no more accidentally hitting people with your unwieldy deck when taking the train or walking in a crowd – at this size, you can conveniently squeeze the whole thing into whatever bag you have on hand.
Unlike conventional longboards, the Linky doesn’t have a continuous deck. Instead, it combines a large foot pad out front and a slightly smaller one in the rear, with both pieces perched atop a folding frame. Powered by a brushless motor, it can hit speeds of up to 18 mph, with the integrated battery keeping it chugging along up to 9 miles of road. The battery, by the way, passes all current IATA regulations, so it can be transported on commercial airlines (no worries of explosions), all while charging from zero to full in just 30 minutes, so you can get back on the road in no time.
Features include a front LED headlight for night riding, a handheld remote for acceleration and braking, and a USB port on the battery, so you can use it as an emergency power bank. It measures 15.7 x 11 x 4 inches when folded, so it should be small enough to fit in mid- to large-sized backpacks.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for Linky. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at €899.