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Is Electric Skateboard Maker Boosted's Scooter Worth $1,600?

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Boosted, best known for its electric skateboard, will enter the scooter business this summer with the Boosted Rev, a $1,600 electric scooter. We got a first look at the new scooter and talked to the CEO and co-founder to see why the company is betting big on electric scooters. The company hopes to appeal to a broader customer base, but it will be going up against the scooter-sharing companies that have recently starting popping up in cities. » Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: https://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC #Boosted #BoostedBoard Is Electric Skateboard Maker Boosted's Scooter Worth $1,600?
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CNBC (1 month ago)
Will you purchase a Boosted Scooter once it's available?
toma kerculj (1 day ago)
It's nice but like in NYC it's illegal and you have a chance that's been taking away by the cops with a price tag of $1600 I'll say No Way
Filippo Z. (1 day ago)
No way. *It weights 21kg.* It means you are going to have a a REALLY bad day if, for any reason, you would have to carry it by hand, or to put that into a car, or simply to take it up to the first floor using a staircase. I will wait for a 10 kg, 600$ scooter. Oh, wait, they are already here! DAMN, I forgot I live in Italy, I have to wait bureaucracy to approve scooters! See you in ... years! Have a nice day everyone
massai jarecki (5 days ago)
no too expensive
Gustavo V (11 days ago)
Yes
James Wang (14 days ago)
I live in SF and this beast's ability to climb hills got me intrigued. I think I will pick one up!
TheGrateful108 (15 hours ago)
Make something new to justify the price. Boosted doesn't even have a suspension. Make a Gyroscopic stabilized scooter with a suspension.
Filippo Z. (1 day ago)
It weights 21kg. This alone is a valid reason to pass. What were you thinking BB? (not to mention the price tag. it's so ridiculously high it's impossible to unnotitice. But that is your standard, quality=costs, I can accept that)
I H (2 days ago)
Dude those are all awesome! I see them here in SF all the time!!
CryptoJack (5 days ago)
Can't you buy the bird scooters for like $300, why are they charging $1300 more
Frank martinez (5 days ago)
To expensive come on give us a better price 🤨
whatelse02 eazziii (6 days ago)
I had one of these 18 years ago for less than 200usd. Don't waste your money for that price
Denis Ho (6 days ago)
for 1600 you just can buy a vespa.
Kaka KarrotCake (6 days ago)
I think those San Fransiscans can flex half a months rent for one of those.
Fake AsFluff (7 days ago)
Might as well get that scooter for $1700 with 38 Mile Range and 40 MPH top speed
Ryan Caputo (7 days ago)
The 1600 price tag for a dual 750w is not bad (maybe a bit over) At this price I would want solid tires and some basic suspension. I own a Xiaomi and I can say I would never buy pneumatic tires again. I would like to see the turn radius of the front wheel, you want it restricted for control (around 30 degrees) Lastly a HUGE design flaw is no chain lock ring, They need a way to lock it up and with 2 motors you cant use the rim to run a chain through. Ultimately as the price goes up these things need to be addressed more appropriately
flame5rame (7 days ago)
Buy a cheaper one it’s way better
Bosco Sticks (7 days ago)
Or I could rent one on the street for 1 dollar lmao
iceberg (9 days ago)
Meepo skate board hauls and under 400$.
ucheucheuche (9 days ago)
I've owned a Xiaomi M365 electric scooter for over 1 year, and traveled 1000s of km on it. And there's 2 key points Boosted hasn't addressed, and it doesn't have to do with build quality.
Profit Glen (10 days ago)
I just spent $2000 less and pre-ordered two Ninebot Max scooters. $600 vs $1600 each. No brainer, but then again I don't "need" the 24 mph. It would be fun as hell though. lol. IMO $999 should be the MOST this should be.
Michael Nablo (11 days ago)
*Busted price*
sunshine 8881 (13 days ago)
i wouldn’t want the scooter but i would do anything for a plus or stealth
Righteous Freedom USA 1776 (13 days ago)
I don’t know but their $1600 stealth is VERY worth it.!!!! It is a powerful BEAST. Gets me up any hill too
Samson Blay (13 days ago)
Hey guy! would really mean the world to me if you wanted to help me out. I've got a video about an electric skateboard that I think is a huge competition to Boosted board, that I really want you're thoughts on :)
Kevin Holland (14 days ago)
imo they are wasting their time with this. This design is way behind the curve.
tocdco (15 days ago)
No swappable battery? Nope....
Schemit J (15 days ago)
for $1600 you can get a scooter that does 60mph with shocks and lights.
San Diago (15 days ago)
And the answer is no, because the turbowheel lightening exists
Chris Ma (18 days ago)
2012? plz check back to detective conan .. plz XD
Kabeeswar Harsha (19 days ago)
We're buy this? Any contact information
kings17court (20 days ago)
Does the product look good? Yes. But the price seems pretty steep.
Pandaplutten (22 days ago)
It will boost your muscles when carrying it!
Hans Zarkov (22 days ago)
why are there so many bicycles in the boosted lobby?
Chuck Haney (23 days ago)
I'd LOVE one of these. But no way is it worth $1600.00 to me. Call me when it's half that.
Pedro Aguiar (24 days ago)
Good but expensive
WT COLLECTOR (25 days ago)
This is a joke price vs performance. Honestly it's embarrassing. 800, 900 dollar range justified but 1600 is laughable. I can buy turbo wheel lighting that kills this for the same price.
Party-of-5 (25 days ago)
If I’m paying over $800 it better have a gas engine lol.$1600 they are tripping man
T Mart (25 days ago)
Not worth it at all, buy an electric bike same price, plus you don't look like a dbag on a scooter haha
Jannis Höntscher (26 days ago)
Illegal where live :(
4c1dr3fl3x (26 days ago)
Casey Neistat and his endless selfie cam... *_Cringe has intensified_* ....
MAKEMUSIC DB (26 days ago)
I used to work here as a temp...f.y.i the boards are actually assembled or made in China and I hear the workers there are working in harsh conditions over seas, the company was very silent and hush hush about this. They rely on cheap, Chinese labor over seas to assemble and build every board and temporary workers state side identify mechanical or software failures, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and ship to consumers. They do not manufacture or “make” these products in the USA. I just want to say, this company and others like it, are why I am gentrified. They look good on the outside but they take advantage of environmental and humanitarian loop-holes by outsourcing and the exploitation lenient labor and environmental humanitarian laws overs seas, and of temporary labor loopholes.
snowfreeze (26 days ago)
Hi. I'm CEO. And I shave my mustache but not my beard. Because I'm half assed. Yet I expect people to somehow take me seriously. LOL
Ben Martz (26 days ago)
Not everyone lives in san fran. I tottally love it.
Seán O'Nilbud (27 days ago)
No
Chris Macier (27 days ago)
For all those complaining about prices, you obviously have never ridden their boards. I have the Boosted Stealth and it was $1,600. Worth every penny. I’m surprised the scooter isn’t more expensive.
By Frosty (28 days ago)
Rather upgrade my V2 Boosted Board to the Boosted Board Stealth
J Swartz (28 days ago)
Good scooter for my ocean beach to union square commute.
thosai (28 days ago)
Buy a mi scooter
Joe Blow (28 days ago)
$1600 damn ill just wait for some yuppie high on drugs to come around my corner with one
Michael Mack (26 days ago)
Lol exactly. I got my civic for 500
68Camaro RS/SS (28 days ago)
Hey Boosted, I don’t have millions of followers or thousands of videos but can you give me 1 for free since I’m NOT a millionaire?? Probably not right?
M A (28 days ago)
Is Bugatti really worth $1million?
Mark McCammon (29 days ago)
People complaining about a $1,600 electric scooter probably spent over a $1,000 on a smartphone XD
Creepy Girl (29 days ago)
So motorized inlines next?
Gerry (29 days ago)
death on wheels!😫
Eddi Nice (29 days ago)
Make them available in Cambridge UK.
FunkyDoolittle (29 days ago)
that ginger dude sounded so dry like a he was in a commercial for fabric softener
Blue Prince (29 days ago)
I hope that they don't lose to CHINESE competitors, just like SEGWAY when they lost to copycat NINEBOT and bought them out of the competition.
Gordon Woodroffe (29 days ago)
When can I get this in Trinidad and Tobago?
jak p (29 days ago)
It will sell well. Boosted is the Apple or scooters. Yes there are cheap Chinese scooters like there are cheap android phones. This is the iPhone of scooters for people who are willing to pay a premium for a refined experience. San Francisco engineers cost more then Chinese engineers.
snowfreeze (26 days ago)
Everybody WISHES they were the Apple of anything. In reality, Apple should rename themselves Overpriced Crapple. And their slogan, thanks for your money NEXT!
Matt Sezer (29 days ago)
Or you could just not be lazy and ride a bicycle. They didn't mention this, but I know at least the original Boosted boards had pretty horrible battery ranges.
Charlie Eck (29 days ago)
Go kart 😆
PETAR STEFANOV PETROV (29 days ago)
The price is too hi
Hardware Software (30 days ago)
No. Good talk.
Peter L (30 days ago)
You can probably build one with the same spects around 160. I mean...scooter...motor...controls module...battery.
British Entertainment (30 days ago)
Its actually very powerfull, its faster to 50kmh than a 50cc scooter
Frank Stocker (30 days ago)
No thanks.
Shanty Town (30 days ago)
price seems to be the only problem rn
Walter Wilkins (30 days ago)
Are we sure the price isn’t part of the marketing strategy? Exclusivity sells. In that sense, the price may be too low. At $1600 the product makes my purchase questionable, but, at a starting price of $2600 I could actually be “seen”!
Han Bulban (30 days ago)
A couple of people died from falling off electric scooters in Australia is just a few months. Very dangerous and stupid method of transport
Not Real (30 days ago)
This is a metaphor for made in America products. They cost an arm and a leg.
snowfreeze (26 days ago)
In reality, I am sure they will end up Designed in San Francisco by an Italian, assembled in Germany using Chinese built parts.
Dan Christy (1 month ago)
Harley-Davidson should join the team
Nick L (1 month ago)
$70 million in investment in an electric scooter company? Those investors will lose most of their money.
WHITE LION (1 month ago)
I'll wait for a Cyber Monday sale. 🖐🏿🤑👍🏿
Abel Casanova (27 days ago)
WHITE LION Black Friday at Best Buy?
James H (1 month ago)
Sigh, electric scooters and ebikes are still illegal in New York City...
MoTiV8 FPV (1 month ago)
You forgot to mention that Europe finally except personal electric vehicles as the law recently changed and big corporate companies are cashing in on it 😎
MoTiV8 FPV (28 days ago)
@thrakiamaria a few months ago... but it only applies to handle bar vehicles.. so longboarding etc are still waiting for some news
thrakiamaria (28 days ago)
since wenn did that happen?
iZilly (1 month ago)
Why did you have to show Casey Neistat... i am so tired of that dude not giving a dang about any expensive equipment because he highly abuse his popularity and constantly getting free stuff, just to ruin it and not care about it one bit!
tbbsrr (1 month ago)
Hell no I wouldn't buy this over price under power e-scooter. Flacon zero series and Speedway are much better performance and weight for the price.
QUAK Tornado (1 month ago)
My Gotrax GSL cost €400 and I rode it all winter through snow, slush, puddles, and stones. It ate them all up and has more than enough battery and range for what I need. It has a disc brake as well as an electric brake, and It also goes up small hills. Sorry but I just can't see why I would feel the need to spend legitimately 4 times as much for basically the same experience.
Hugo (1 month ago)
It has no suspension...
E-Ma (1 month ago)
Honestly, I'm not really interested because I wanna buy one, but holy hell finally. The competition in scooters has been hella lacking. This will be great
Kelvin Seah (1 month ago)
Can't wait for Boosted roller blades :|
chooch tech (1 month ago)
electric unicycles are so much better
JanT 90 (1 month ago)
Buy this instead https://e-wheels.no/produkt/el-sparkesykkel/momas-s5-norges-raeste-el-sparkesykkel?gclid=Cj0KCQjwrJ7nBRD5ARIsAATMxsvChbF5HrUnIO9YPRNfv_WuVLWollVvel0qDmbYqlaxdgqe7YQMMtoaApnkEALw_wcB. Top speed 62mph 10000watts
Neon2110 (1 month ago)
Too bad it’s banned in NYC
fturla ___ (1 month ago)
There are several electric scooters in the $1600 price range. I haven't decided which is best because there haven't been reliable reviews on any one of them yet.
Jonathan Woo (1 month ago)
why not build a vespa-like scooter that's electric?
Hashterix (29 days ago)
Look up Etergo
Daniel Rojas (1 month ago)
I rather wait for them to come out with a e-bike. The company called super 73. They have a pretty good one.
gearzone2611 (1 month ago)
Made in China. The price increased was from the trade war between US & China.
Username (1 month ago)
Or you can walk it’s free
DelbertStinkfester (1 month ago)
$1600....LOL
Freddy Fox 500 (1 month ago)
Damm scooter punks. Should be banned. They are unsafe.
InChrist (1 month ago)
In the Bay Area, worth it
IISourAyyII (1 month ago)
Yes its overpriced, but its also very stylish. I saw a man in suit in this in NYC and I was like whoa thats a sick electric scooter. Its like an iPhone, people say android can do the same but for the love of fashion people some people iPhones and no android can replace that, same here with the boosted versus Xiaomi lol
(1 month ago)
no
BasedSif (1 month ago)
I could buy a very nice PC with that kind of money. Hell my first car was half that price lmao! Still looks interesting
Sam Willis (1 month ago)
All I'm reading is whining penny pinchers who like to fund Chinese products. If you want quality, you buy quality. You want a Chinese knock off... that's your decision but you'll probably go through 4-5 Chinese knock offs in the same time you'll have with just the Boosted. Then you'll work out you spent more money in total buying the Chinese knockoffs.. Then who's the mug? I've seen this with the boards, can't see it being any different with the scooters.
Wayne Z (1 month ago)
The new Ninebot Max has 40 miles range for only $599, on sale on Indiegogo
Lucas Storm (1 month ago)
$1600? 🤣🤣🤣
TodaysEdition (1 month ago)
They should get new PR/marketing staff immediately... the guys they interviewed seemed nice but this video was so flat, is anyone actually excited about the product? Maybe you should tell your face? Looks like boosted has gone corporate, we don’t need you reading from a teleprompter in a puff piece for CNBC, just create cool sh*t and talk directly to your customers
jon doe (1 month ago)
San Francisco, where dystopian income inequality leads to $1,600 electric scooters.
G. L. (15 days ago)
I live in the east coast, this price sounds reasonable for a commute alternative.
Dalmain J (29 days ago)
And the fact i like to eat cookies.
Nick L (1 month ago)
And $70 private equity investment into a scooter company. Those investors will wake up to a harsh reality soon.
kpresnell45 (1 month ago)
I ride a 3k scooter and 1k scooter. Honestly my 1k scooter is a better value and better brand. Just not an as known brand "yet".
mr fantastic (1 month ago)
I could get a beater car for $1600 bucks, thanks but no thanks
mr fantastic (10 days ago)
@Review Central very true.
Review Central (10 days ago)
mr fantastic car goes 100mph and can ride any weather
Ben J (1 month ago)
*I hear the Scooter comes with a useless free $400 Juicero and $10 piece of toast. But seriously $1,600!!! that's crazy.*
TheFluffyDuck (1 month ago)
WAY too expensive compared to other offerings on the Market. I can get a second hand car for that price.