Is the Inboard Glider the High End Electric Scooter of 2019?

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Editor choice Is the Inboard Glider the High End Electric Scooter of 2019?
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  • Swappable batteries which allow for 'virtually unlimited' range, making it an excellent electric scooter for commuting and longer rides.
  • Powerful 750W motor with high torque and top speed.
  • LED lights for both front and rear, plus indicators.
  • Smoother rides with pneumatic tires along with integrated shock absorption and suspension.
  • Regenerative braking to put power back into your battery.
  • Stylish look and feel which has been redesigned from the ground up.
  • Slick foldable design.
  • Open API which allows the scooter to connect to any network. The Inboard glider is designed with the future in mind and creates practically unlimited opportunities for app developers, fleets and rental companies.
  • Great smartphone app for iOS and Android.
  • Receive an extra battery with the Inboard Glider pre-order.

Inboard Glider Review: What we’re excited about:

Inboard Company Background

Inboard Technology is a young California based company that jump-started their electric skateboards line with a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $400,000, then successfully conquered Shark Tank, and raised 8 million in a further venture funding round.

With their huge the success and progress in electric skateboards, Inboard Technology is moving into the electric scooters market. In the first quarter of 2019, they plan to release the Inboard Glider, their debut electric scooter. The scooter is expected to be one of the most powerful, smart and connected electric scooters for commuting in 2019 and we are ridiculously excited for its release.

From the announced specifications we can anticipate that it could be one of, if not the best lightweight electric scooter in 2019. That is, if its in budget. Pre-orders start this fall for a hefty $1,299 price tag. However, once you’ve read through the specification, you might agree that as a replacement for commuting, its actually quite a reasonable price.

Slick Foldable Design

The redesigned, foldable design is unique to the Glider and looks beautiful and really easy to use. You’ll be able to fold and fit the Glider whenever and wherever it needs to go.

Inboard Glider Folded

Software

Whilst the physical design of the Inboard Glider looks awesome, Inboard have put some serious work into the Software capabilities and developer platform, it’s really built with the future in mind.

Inboard say that the Glider can connect to any network, so they’re catering to businesses looking to offer scooter rentals and people wanting to build apps and fleets of scooters. They have also built an open API which will allow developers to build their own apps – the possibilities really are endless. The Inboard Glider is set to be one of the smartest electric scooters released in 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Inboard Glider Open API

Huge 750W hub motor

The Inboard Glider will be packed with a huge 750W hub motor. This indicates that the Glider should have high torque, hill climbing capacity and top speed. All in all, it should be one of the most powerful lightweight electric scooters released in 2019. It should be a suitable scooter heavy riders, which many other electric scooters in the space currently don’t cater for.

Regenerative braking

Regenerative braking is a great feature, which is popular with other existing electric scooters. In short, it means that when you brake, it’ll put power back into your battery.

Super smooth rides

Besides being advertised as a smart e-scooter that can connect to any network, the Glider will have a very smooth riding experience thanks to large pneumatic tires along with integrated shock absorption and suspension. These might sound like standard features, but many electric scooters ship without any shock absorption or suspension, so the Glider should, well, glide.

Proper Lights and Indicators

This seems like a feature which should already be on every electric scooter for commuting since they are used on the road and at night pretty frequently. The Inboard Glider has proper front and rear LED lights so you can be seen at night, and it even comes with Indicators. These simple safety features already put the Inboard Glider up there as one of the best electric scooters for commuting in 2019.

Inboard Glider LED lights

Swappable batteries!

At last, an electric scooter with proper swappable batteries! This is an awesome feature that will really set the Glider apart from other green energy scooters. The swappable batteries can be changed when you run out of juice so you can extend your ride. This is a huge limitation of other electric scooters on the market in 2018 as when your scooter goes flat, you have to wait for hours to recharge when your scooter –  that is if you’re lucky enough to even be in the range of a powerpoint!

Things are different with the Inboard Glider. Inboard Technology state that their batteries will allow “virtually unlimited range”. The battery isn’t big and bulky like you might expect, either. It looks like you could comfortably carry more than one in your backpack if you’re going on longer rides.

Inboard glider swappable battery

Oh, and Inboard are throwing in a free extra battery when you reserve/preorder the Glider!

The Inboard Glider is super slick & stylish

Besides being powerful and packing a lot of battery power the scooter looks very smooth, slick and very lightweight. We can’t wait for it to be released and to try it. We’re expecting it to be the best lightweight electric scooter of 2019 for city commuting, students and universities. We look forward to doing a more in-depth  Inboard Glider review in early 2019.

Wrapping it up

The Inboard Glider is set to change the game once again in the personal electric scooter market. We can’t wait to write a more in depth Inboard Glider Review and as soon as we get our hands on the scooter and full specification, we’ll be updating this article and comparing it to other electric scooters on the market.

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions.

Inboard Glider Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2018

Although you can’t physically get your hands on the Inboard Glider until the first quarter of 2019, the Glider is currently available for pre-order. Since Inboard wants to get their name out, it makes sense to get as many pre-orders as possible. Because of this, we are expecting to see Inboard Glider Black Friday deals in 2018 for the pre-sale, though we have been unable to make any solid predictions on how much the Inboard Glider will be on Black Friday.

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Inboard Glider Review Bottom Line

Our verdict: The Inboard Glider is set to be one of the best electric scooters released in 2019. The swappable batteries which allow for much further range/distance and make it excellent for commuting, to the API which allows developers to create their own apps, the Inboard Glider is set to revolutionize the electric scooter market once again.

PROS
  • Swappable batteries which allow for 'virtually unlimited' range, making it an excellent electric scooter for commuting and longer rides.
  • Powerful 750W motor with high torque and top speed.
  • LED lights for both front and rear, plus indicators.
  • Smoother rides with pneumatic tires along with integrated shock absorption and suspension.
  • Regenerative braking to put power back into your battery.
  • Stylish look and feel which has been redesigned from the ground up.
  • Slick foldable design.
  • Open API which allows the scooter to connect to any network. The Inboard glider is designed with the future in mind and creates practically unlimited opportunities for app developers, fleets and rental companies.
  • Great smartphone app for iOS and Android.
  • Receive an extra battery with the Inboard Glider pre-order.
CONS
  • Currently only available for pre-order.
  • High price tag.
User Rating: 2.67 (46 votes)
7 Comments
  1. Great review. I want to buy this scooter. Where I can get one?

  2. Actually, it does NOT come with a free second battery for pre-ordering FYI.

  3. Apparently Inboard is even building the motor in house and says its power output has not been fully tested yet. The 750W rating may be an estimate or an indication of the max output and not the continuous output.

  4. I pre-ordered… and we are now into Q2 2019 and no word on when this will be available. And I can confirm you do not get a free second battery. They had a promo with their skateboard with free second battery for a while but not the Glider. Hope mine comes soon.

    • Looks like they’ve removed the deal with the extra battery. We will update the Glider review to reflect this shortly.

      I hope your scooter arrives soon – and is worth the wait!

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