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Founded Year

2015

Stage

Dead | Dead

Total Raised

$12.87M

About Inboard Technology

Inboard has designed the M1 electric skateboard, which has motors in the wheels, and such accessories as clothing (hats, tees, jackets, hoodies), and replacement parts.

Inboard Technology Headquarter Location

2636 S. Rodeo Gulch Rd Unit D

Soquel, California, 95073,

United States

Latest Inboard Technology News

Inboard refunds electric scooter customers as it pivots to shared fleets

Apr 9, 2019

Inboard refunds electric scooter customers as it pivots to shared fleets The electric skateboard startup’s first scooter will now only be available in fleets starting this summer Image: Inboard Technology Electric skateboard startup Inboard Technology no longer plans to sell its upcoming Glider electric scooter directly to consumers. Instead, the company will focus on selling fleets of the scooter to businesses and transportation companies to be used on campuses, at resorts, or on city streets in both docked and dockless configurations. All customers who plunked down a $349 deposit for the $1,299 electric scooter will be refunded, the company says. Those refunds will start going out today to the 1,500 people who put down deposits, according to Inboard, and they will all be processed by April 15th. The scooter, now called the G1 Glider, was originally supposed to launch in February. The scooter was originally supposed to launch in February The company’s new direction will start to take shape when Inboard announces its first partnership with a large transportation company later this year, CEO Ryan Evans tells The Verge. The startup will also work with “much smaller operators of fleets that include hotels, resorts, corporate campuses, and business parks,” he says. To handle the demand for this newly focused push on providing fleets of scooters, Evans says Inboard will partner with “one of the world’s leading contract manufacturers,” though he declined to name which one. Inboard arrived on the scene in late 2015 / early 2016 , and it was one of the first to seriously compete with fellow California-based startup Boosted’s popular electric skateboard . Inboard’s M1 matched Boosted’s board on specs, while also offering a few key advantages, including in-wheel motors (which let users ride more freely when the board isn’t under power) and a swappable battery that can be quickly popped out of the deck for a fresh one. Inboard promised its electric scooter would offer those same advantages when it announced the product last September. It also said the scooter would have a wide deck with big wheels and a coiled suspension to make for smooth, easy riding and that it would be rugged enough to handle the demands of riding through rough city terrain — potentially solving one of the main pain points for early shared scooters, which tended to wear out quickly since they weren’t made for fleet use . “We want to build the most iconic and beautiful products in the category.” That’s all still true; the scooter itself is not changing. It will still have a top speed of 22 miles per hour, a 12-mile battery life, a kickstand, and a quick-folding mechanism. It will also be connected, thanks to Bluetooth, cellular, and GPS chips. “Inboard’s goals remain the same,” Evans says. “We want to build the most iconic and beautiful products in the category, and we believe we can continue to do that with the core technology we have.” What will change is how Inboard’s scooter becomes available to people. Instead of owning the scooter outright, riders will now find Inboard’s scooter as part of fleets operated by other companies. The company had teased this idea alongside the announcement of its scooter as a consumer product last September , but now it’s the full focus. (The M1 skateboard will remain a direct-to-consumer product, though.) “We realized if we really want to have a big impact on the future of personal mobility, part of it is going to be in the fleet space, and that’s something we can do now with really big partners,” Evans says, adding that it’s “the best way to get so many people on [Inboard’s scooter] so quickly.” He also believes it’s the best option for Inboard’s business, at least in the near term. The company has raised about $12 million to date, but even that might be enough to fully fund a shift into mass-producing scooters for individual sales, according to Evans. Inboard says it has big partners lined up, but it didn’t name names “The working capital [required] is crazy, to be able to scale to make thousands of scooters. It’s a much more challenging business than B2B,” he says. Selling scooters in a B2B will also make it possible for the company to more quickly turn a profit, Evans says. Much like how Inboard followed companies like Boosted and Zboard into the electric skateboard space, it will be far from the first company to power fleets of electric scooters. In just a year and a half, startups like Bird and Lime have spread the idea of shared electric scooters so far and so fast that each company is now valued at over $2 billion. Evans isn’t intimidated by those massive valuations, though. Instead, he says they’re a sign that there’s lots of room for other companies to play in this space. “Bird and Lime were really kind of the signal flares that showed wow, this is a cornerstone of transportation,” he says. “It went from ‘electric skateboards are cute little toys,’ to ‘holy shit, electric scooters are going to be de facto for the industry.’” Besides, Evans says, Inboard is taking a different approach that won’t directly compete with Bird and Lime. Image: Inboard “Their goal is to make money off of every ride. And our goal is to make money selling hardware to companies,” he says. “We don’t look at ourselves as competing with Bird and Lime, but rather being a kind of new addition or replacement to or extension of these sharing programs.” In other words, Inboard doesn’t want to be too involved with the day-to-day management of its scooters once they’ve been sold. It will be up to the companies or businesses that buy Inboard’s scooters to decide if they want to charge people to use them. Inboard will offer an API that lets bigger companies tie their existing apps and fleet management systems to the data coming off the scooters. Inboard will also offer a turnkey software solution for smaller companies that don’t have the resources to build out an app or management system for a few dozen scooters. And it’s developing docks for customers who want a more locked-down solution, though Evans says he believes a hybrid model of docked and dockless scooters is the future. “I never want to fish a G1 out of a river.” Bird launched an enterprise solution of its own in March in three countries , and both it and Lime have been working to fill their fleets with more rugged scooters that will also help them diversify from China’s Ninebot, a major supplier. Evans believes the company’s more narrow B2B approach will help carve out a chunk of the market, which, someday, could allow Inboard to turn its attention back to direct-to-consumer products. “I think that’s an important distinction. We don’t want to operate anything,” Evans says. “I never want to fish a G1 out of a river to try to refurbish it. I’m totally comfortable selling you a replacement at that point.” Next Up In Transportation Most Read

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Inboard Technology Patents

Inboard Technology has filed 8 patents.

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  • Mechanics
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