Here’s What 28mph on an Electric Skateboard Feels Like

My obsession with DIY Electric Skateboards is at an all time high at the moment and as promised, here’s a follow up video of my DIY build cruising through a college campus parking lot courtesy of my boy Patrick. After a few weeks of optimizing my VESC based on the Carvon V2 Single Hub Motor and Enertion 10S Space Cell, I came up with the best all purpose BLDC Tool setting for this configuration:

Motor Max: 60.00
Motor Min: -30.00
Bat Max: 30.00
Batt Min (Regen): -12.00
Absolute Max: 130.00

In BLDC mode, we hit a top speed of 28mph despite the rock salt, pot holes snow puddles and rough terrain on these Michigan roads. My RunPlayBack Sulaco V1 Enclosure was definitely put the test but held it’s own and protected the electronics from the elements. Check out the video above to get some more insight on how I make these things.

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I was able to film Patrick while riding the Yuneec E-GO but it was nearly impossible to keep up with him. The torque of the E-GO’s belt drive has a bit more throttle snap than a VESC + hub motor combo but it’s simply no match when it comes to the top speed and coasting ability of the Carvon. Once you taste the speed of a DIY Electric Skateboard, it’s really hard to go back. I will conduct some range tests when the weather gets better but for now, I may need to build another electric board just to film this one. Stay tuned!

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Carvon V2 Single Hub Motor + Matching Trucks + Wheels Set

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Enertion 10S Space Cell Battery

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VESC – Open Source ESC Speed Controller

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RunPlayBack Sulaco V1 Enclosure

  • JoeyKhache

    Hey, great build! So awesome! I think you may have persuaded me to go the DIY route. I just had a brief question with your DIY tutorial that you posted on the other page. Did you leave out any additional steps to completing your board? I seriously am looking to build a board on the exact same set up as you. I just want to know if there was something else that I might have missed or something that you left out or can I seriously get the ball rolling with the steps you wrote? Thanks again in advanced. Appreciate it.

    • Rik

      I listed pretty much every part necessary which is right now the most current. Parts could very well change in the next few months. I would say you’ll need a general toolkit, a drill, dremel, skateboard tool, screwdriver, etc. Just having a basic understanding of how to build things. I’d say if you go into this project and have never picked up a tool before you may get in trouble. Otherwise if you have any questions or get stuck just hit me up on here. If I can make it, than anyone who can DIY will be able to as well.

      • JoeyKhache

        Right on! Thanks for the quick response. I think I am more leaning towards the DIY route.

  • okp

    Hey Rik, gonna try the carvon from Jerry too; single hub with 10S3P 90mm. great insights. do you run the startup boost as 0.010 or moved this up too?

    • Rik

      I haven’t modified ERPM settings. Here’s what I use:

      Motor Max: 60.00
      Motor Min: -30.00
      Bat Max: 30.00
      Batt Min (Regen): -12.00
      Absolute Max: 130.00

      • okp

        hey Rik, thanks! just gave a try to the hub motors.. I am a bit disappointed compared to a single drive systems ! Just don’t get the hype about these motors. I did a bench test the full weekend with comparisons and I really don’t think a single hub motor is a great setup unless you like ultra slow startups. I prefer my single drive on 12S, Hopefully I will make more tests. I posted my first results on ES.

        • Rik

          Cool just saw it, nice tests. Curious about no braking in FOC though, I don’t experience that. Yeah I don’t think hubs are necessarily to get neck snapping torque like a belt drive system but in my opinion, it’s more of a hybrid between a traditional skateboard and an electric. That feeling of being able to kick, push and coast without feeling like you’re tethered to a belt is what I enjoy. In many ways I feel more in control with a hub because if all electronics fail, it will just coast and wont throw me off. I guess speed is also very subjective, I don’t necessarily like getting my body jerked on startup but I can see why others dig more torque.