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An electric vehicle you can carry in hand: Sanjay Dastoor at TED2013

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson

When you hear the word “electric vehicle,” the image of a car probably pops to mind. But Sanjay Dastoor and the team at Boosted Boards have created an electric vehicle that weighs less than a bicycle, can be carried in your hand, charges off a wall outlet and runs for 1,000 kilometers on about a dollar’s worth of electricity — and it doesn’t have a sunroof.

Essentially, Boosted Boards are a souped-up version of a skateboard that runs on a tiny motor, powerful enough to take you up the famous hills of San Francisco at 10 miles per hour. These boards are highly maneuverable and have a handheld remote that allows for acceleration and braking. Its battery has a range of six miles.

“That covers half of the car trips in U.S. alone,” says Dastoor.

Dastoor brought Boosted Boards’ two co-founders, John Ulmen and Matthew Tran, onstage to show what Boosted Boards can do. To see for yourself, watch the video below.

Sanjay Dastoor’s talk is now available for viewing. Watch it here»