The thing about snow – it melts. Not that we have that issue down here in the Republic, but for those active winter sports fanatics that crave some carving all year around, US company Leiftech has unveiled the latest iteration of their Leif snowboard, an electric “snowboard for the streets” that could tackle downhill, flat ground and even uphill terrain with ease.
Looking as if a skateboard and roller-skates had a baby, the Leif board’s main hook is the 360-degree, rotatable, power caster wheels driven by 18 nano-phosphate lithium-ion batteries (LiFePO4) – nine for each motor. The battery pack is housed in a 3D-printed shell on top of the deck and sends juice to the two 2,000W brushless motors underneath, providing about 5.5HP and propelling the board at speeds of up to 32km/h.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, different iterations of the Leif board have been made available to the public, but the company has recently shown off its latest version at SXSW.
Check out the video above.