finally real “street” sensations

A solid proposal from a Frenchman, the electric Liquid Skateboard without remote control wants to reconnect with the naturalness of a real skateboard and open this object to a new audience. And we were able to test it! Here is our first opinion.

We talk a lot about EDPM (personal motorized transport device) on Frandroid, almost entirely through the electric scooter. However, these Motorized Personal Travel Devices are eclectic: Segway type gyrowheels, hoverboards, balance bikes or monowheels. Perhaps even less known, electric skateboarding is worth a look. Imposing (longboards in general) and with remote controls, they are however far from classic boards. This is why Alexis Chabat has developed a new kind of electric skateboard.

From skiing to personal prototypes

Having made a career in skiing, as he comes from Super-Besse, this young Frenchman worked at Decathlon for 5 years. “After 20 years of skiing, I switched to skateboarding, you don’t need a mountain to get the feeling of sliding” Alexis explains.

Liquid Electric Skateboard Test

“So 4 years ago, I was working in Lille, but I had to go very often by TGV to Toulouse to see my girlfriend!” continues the young entrepreneur, “the skateboard saved me a lot of time between interconnections, I could take it with me everywhere on the train. It was a revelation that suited my mobility needs.”

Liquid Skateboard founder Alexis Chabat
Source: Liquid Skateboard

“I tried lots of electric skateboard models for 2 years, and loved the feeling on them”he confides, “but in the heat of the moment, I forgot the remote control, and it’s something that has always irritated me with this type of object.”

“The idea was therefore a simple personal project, a prototype that I liked, without remote control, and close to the philosophy of skateboarding”. Concave shape, dimensions, sensations, Alexis Chabat enjoyed his toy alone for a few months, “while improving the assistance algorithm to be fluid and making it as invisible as possible”.

First “getting started” with the Liquid Electric Skateboard

Then the electric skateboard passed into the hands – well, under the feet – of a friend as well as friends of friends, with excellent feedback. “So I said to myself that maybe there was something to do”says the Alpin, who stuck to the bases “I even thought about making it even thinner with carbon, but that was moving away from wood, and therefore from the standard and philosophy that I ultimately wanted to respect.”

The skateboard thus respects the materials but also the wheelbase, the trucks and even the size of the wheels to be able to easily change parts. “The result is faithful to street culture” welcomes Alexis, “but it’s divisive for those who know electric skateboarding: we push and brake like a real skateboard!”.

Liquid Skateboard
Alexis Chabat on her electric skateboard. // Source: Liquid Skateboard

The result of the project, with an industrial vocation and secured with a European partner, is therefore close to the prototypes developed. In terms of characteristics, the motor delivers 350 W peak, and its lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 90 Wh. ““It’s just below the limit for taking it on a plane,” he emphasizes, “and it takes about 1h30 to charge”. The skateboard will also be water resistant, IP65 certified.

First “getting started” with the Liquid Electric Skateboard

To better understand the project and experience the ambition, Alexis had us test one of his latest well-established prototypes (more than 1,000 km). Apart from a few details, such as the position of the sensor or the decorations of the board, this is the final version of the Liquid Electric Skateboard.

Liquid Electric Skateboard deck
Source: M. Lauraux for Frandroid

Not being a skateboarder originally, it took some time to adapt, around 1 to 2 hours. Without a remote control, it is the momentum that gives the speed of the skateboard, which only “cruises”. It therefore does not accelerate or brake, at least on the flat. The assistance sends the necessary power uphill and brakes slightly downhill in order to keep the same speed.

Liquid Designer Electric Skateboard
Source: M. Lauraux for Frandroid

To really brake, it’s like a real skateboard, you remove your foot from the sensor while freewheeling, or you jump! With experience, you can accelerate once on the board, using small jerks forward while lifting the wheels. On the other hand, we are sometimes surprised by a sudden acceleration, be careful of falling!

First “getting started” with the Liquid Electric Skateboard

Let’s go into more detail to understand how it works. Already, you just have to use it to turn it on, and the device turns itself off after 10 minutes, enough to offer a “free mind”. An on/off button does exist, but as an accessory, only useful for deactivating assistance.

On the Liquid Skateboard, a white rectangle on the grip demarcates the sensor, where one of the feet must rest for the assistance to “cruise”. The Liquid Skateboard goes through several colors, via a light:

  • Blue when switched on or without foot on the sensor,
  • Yellow for a foot detected, below 3 km/h and above 22 km/h,
  • Green (cruise mode assistance)
  • Gradual white (rising)
  • Progressive red (regenerative braking)
  • Purple (assist disabled)
  • Constant red (bug).

This little light is off-center on the left, ideal when you are Regular (right-handed)… less when we are goofy (left-handed) like us, putting our right foot on the light half the time. Honestly, once you understand the principle, the light becomes an accessory. A second indicator light, located on the battery block under the deck, provides information on the remaining energy. It changes from green to orange and quickly to red over the course of the riding sessions.

Liquid Electric Skateboard Battery
A battery indicator, the button to disconnect the assistance and the charging socket. // Source: M. Lauraux for Frandroid

Difficult to give an autonomy, which is estimated at 5 km on flat ground before the red appears – specific to the prototype – and 10 km before flashing for the last hectometers, i.e. 30 to 45 minutes of use.

First “getting started” with the Liquid Electric Skateboard

In terms of sensations, it’s exactly as Alexis described it to us, it’s extremely natural. You handle the electric skateboard with ease, even easily for a beginner, even if you don’t start at 20 km/h at first. We therefore started by cutting off the assistance then gradually accelerating the cruising speed.

Without a remote control, no need to operate the accelerator or brakes, the body and bars express themselves freely. The only specific and unnatural operation is to keep one foot in the zone, an improved point on the finished product, with a wider zone.

Liquid Cruiser Electric Skateboard
Source: M. Lauraux for Frandroid

So we enjoyed cruising on this Liquid Skateboard first in a parking lot – in old school mode – before using it as a multimodal machine to the metro… or to the nearest Vélib’ station.

It would be interesting to test the object in the longer term and especially in its final version, which will soon begin its career.

The Liquid Skateboard launches on Kickstarter

Because before the real launch planned for February 2025, the Liquid Skateboard is taking the route of crowdfunding. A necessary step for the startup, to finance production tools such as the case mold, and in order to sell a product at an affordable price. This price is 499 euros, reduced to 299 euros at kickoff for 48 hours, then 339 and 369 euros for the first copies.

But who is this new type of machine intended for? “We think we can reach those who want to switch to electric skateboarding without the tech side, and even initiates”, declares Alexis Chabat. An object to ride with pleasure, the “Liquid Board” can also be an object of art. A limited version of 50 copies of the deck will feature a photo by photographer Arthur Escoffier for those interested (59 euros).

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