Electric scooters literally litter the streets of San Francisco while ‘hoverboards’ have mostly come and gone, but the most iconic electric last-mile transportation device is probably the orange-wheeled Boosted Board. Until now, the electric skateboard has come in a single form factor: a big ol’ 38-inch longboard that will set you back at least a grand. Now, the barrier to entry has dropped considerably with that board’s new, smaller, cheaper little brother: the Boosted Mini.
Boosted’s announcement covers a whole new third generation of boards, but the Mini is probably the most compelling. Compared to its traditional longboard predecessor, the Mini is a much smaller ‘cruiser’ style board, clocking in at just 29.5-inches, roughly the length of the kind of board you’ll catch Tony Hawk riding. Short enough that, if you’re roughly six-foot, you can carry it vertically by the front wheels without worrying about scraping the ground. Even with its smaller size, its designed with transportation in mind, with a wide board that curves up on either side to lock your feet into position and a kicktail designed to help you over the odd curb, but not to ollie up onto a rail.
The Boosted Mini still sports the most important specs of the bigger, second-generation Dual+ that came before it. It’s got dual-motor belt-drive wheels and a range of up to 7 miles. Its 18 mph top speed and 20 percent maximum grade are a little lower than that big guy, but a smaller board just isn’t suited to higher speeds anyway. But most exciting of all is its price. The Mini is a mere $750, the cheapest board Boosted has made by far, and into the sweet zone where it’s about as much as you’d pay for a smartphone (off contract).
Along with the new smaller board, Boosted has also refreshed the rest of its lineup, splitting its small and large boards into standard and pro versions. The Mini X, a $1,000 version of the vanilla Mini, has twice the range and a slightly higher top speed. Both of the new 38-inch boards also boast a 14-mile range out of the gate, while the premium Boosted Stealth offers an all-time high top speed of 24 mph, which is frankly too fast for anyone but real speed demons. Here’s a handy cheat sheet for the whole new family.
The Boosted Mini (and for that matter, the Mini X) are both incredibly appealing on paper. The smaller form factor makes them easier to tote if you expect to haul your board on public transit, and the price makes the prospect a bit easier to stomach. But there’s still the question of just how it rides. Small cruisers have a stiffer body, smaller wheels, and a shorter wheelbase that makes them more agile and portable but also less forgiving and more sensitive to bumps and rocks than your average wide-wheeled, springy, 38-inch longboard. This trade-off isn’t a downgrade—in fact, it’s what this particular skateboarder happens to prefer—but the feel is different. So if you preorder, know this going in: The Mini isn’t just a classic Boosted Board but smaller, it’s necessarily a completely different animal, like a Miata versus a Cadillac.
We haven’t had the chance to ride the Mini just yet, but stay tuned for future impressions. In the meantime get hyped. The electric skateboard you’ve been waiting for—well, the one I’ve been waiting for—seems to have finally arrived.