Decoding the factors that affect the top speed and acceleration of electric skateboards

Sep 09, 2023

Decoding the factors that affect the top speed and acceleration of electric skateboards - WOWGO BOARD

The world of electric skateboards is a blend of technology and adrenaline for riders who want to push the limits and break through, seeking more torque and top speed. In this blog, we'll delve into the factors that determine the power of an electric skateboard and how they can shape your riding experience.

1. Motor Power and Wattage:

The motor is equivalent to the board's "muscle", the powerhouse that transforms electric energy into motion. Motor power is measured in watts (W), usually the larger the motor size, the higher the wattage results in more power. High-powered motors provide quicker acceleration, but make no mistake, it's the battery and ESC that determine higher power.

2. Battery Capacity and Voltage:

An electric skateboard's battery is its fuel source. Battery capacity, often measured in ampere-hours (Ah), determines how far you can ride on a single charge. Voltage, measured in volts (V), influences the skateboard's overall power delivery. Higher voltage batteries can deliver more power to the motor, translating into faster acceleration and higher speeds, and thus more efficient, usually 12S batteries are better than 10S, and 14S is better than 12S, because they have higher voltage.

3. ESC - The Brain of the Skateboard:

The Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) is the brain that interprets your commands and regulates the power sent to the motor. Our ESC offers 4 riding modes, allowing riders to tailor the power output to their skill level or riding conditions. The higher the maximum output current of the ESC, the higher the torque of the board.

So we can summarize the three most important factors that affect the power of an electric skateboard: the voltage of the battery (12S, 14S, 16S), the current of the ESC, and the motor power.

In addition to this there are many other factors that can affect the power of the plate.

4. Motor Configuration - Single, Dual, or More:

Electric skateboards can feature single, dual, or even more motors. Dual motors, for example, distribute power to both wheels, providing superior torque and acceleration, particularly for uphill climbs or quick bursts of speed.

5. Terrain and Riding Conditions:

The power of an electric skateboard is profoundly influenced by the terrain you ride on. Uphill climbs, rough surfaces, and varied gradients require more power to maintain speed. A skateboard with ample power can conquer challenging terrains with ease.

6. Weight and Payload:

The rider's weight and additional payload affect the skateboard's power-to-weight ratio. Heavier riders or those carrying backpacks may require more power to achieve the same acceleration and speed as lighter riders.


The power of an electric skateboard isn't confined to raw speed; it's a harmonious interplay of motor power, battery capacity, motor configuration, ESC intelligence, and more. It's about delivering a riding experience that aligns with your skill level, terrain preferences, and the thrill you seek. Whether you're cruising through the city streets, conquering uphill challenges, or simply enjoying the wind in your hair, understanding the dynamics of power empowers you to choose the perfect electric skateboard that matches your style.

Disclaimer: "The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It does not constitute professional advice or recommendations."

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