Electric Onewheel Gets Down To Basics

This one caught our eye and while not a “bike,” the electric power and compact hub motor are of interest. The Onewheel is a self-balancing, one-wheel, electric powered skateboard. The Onewheel uses solid-state inertial sensors and algorithms balance the board around the wheel. Just lean forward to drive forward, back to stop and press your heels or toes to turn.

The small hub motor with only one moving part is a new type of brushless hub motor. The battery is a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery and is claimed to charges in under an hour.

Doesn’t get much more simple than this. Who knows? This could end up replacing the spare tire in your car’s trunk.


We’re going to suggest wearing a helmet and pads until you build your skills.