Boosted Rev electric scooter hands-on: Boosted finally scoots past skateboards

Boosted Rev Wide shot

Boosted is a company best
known for its electric skateboards, but now it’s looking to offer
a new mode of transportation to the masses: electric scooters.

To be clear, Boosted isn’t looking to enter the scooter share
business. Bird and Lime already dominate that market, and Boosted
says it’s looking to offer something more stable than a
skateboard but more compact and economical than a car.

In a press release, Boosted stated:

Despite the increasing demand, products available today are poor
quality, and the shared vehicle model isn’t reliable or
economical for daily use. It’s time for a high-quality, exciting,
vehicle-grade electric scooter, and that’s where Boosted Rev
comes in.

Boosted Rev riding up incline
Boosted Rev back wheel

The Rev can hit a top speed of 24mph and climb hills with a
grade of up to 25 percent, making it a lot more powerful than most
of the scooter-share options on the market. Boosted showed me the
scooter in comparison to a Xiaomi
scooter which has become quite popular with consumers. It was clear
Boosted packed a lot more brawn into the Rev.

The most interesting thing about this scooter is how you operate
it. Unlike most electric scooters, which require you to twist the
handle forward or backward, the Rev uses a system extremely similar
to their Boosted Board controller. There is a tiny wheel on the
handle which you shift up and down with your thumb, pushing the
bike forward or braking it. This helps increase stability since
bumps in the road can cause unexpected speed variations on a
traditional system.

Boosted Rev deck

The Rev also uses Boosted’s electric brakes, which can stop
the scooter on a dime. There are also traditional backup breaks
installed, but it says the electric brakes are so good you’ll
probably never feel the need to use the physical ones. They’re
just there for redundancy. There is a physical brake switch on the
front right handle and a brake above the back wheel like you would
find on a traditional toy scooter.

Boosted says the Rev will be compatible with the Boosted app it
already uses for its skateboards, and it will be able to show you
things like lifetime miles, last location, and more. I asked if it
would consider adding geofencing to stop the bike from being moved
past a certain zone, and it says it is looking into this.

Boosted Rev wheel at angle
Boosted Rev logo on deck

Boosted Revhandlebars and screen

During my time with the scooter, I found it to be a joy to use.
The deck is extremely wide so people should feel comfortable using
it right away, and the handlebars are tilted that an angle that
naturally corrects the front wheel to steer straight. I didn’t
feel uncomfortable hitting max speed, and it climbed hills much
better than other scooters I’ve used. This is due to the
dual-wheel drive and proprietary powertrain, which Boosted also
uses in its skateboards.

The one downside to all these features is weight. The Rev weighs
over 40 pounds so you won’t want to haul this up stairs very
often. If you live in a building without an elevator, you’ll have
to get used to getting this thing up and down floors, which will
definitely be a drag.

If you want to get your hands on one of these scooters, you can
pre-order from, with
shipments arriving later this summer. It will retail for $1,599
which is quite expensive, but if you live in a metropolitan area
and don’t want to deal with a car, this could be a great mode of

Source: FS – Android
Boosted Rev electric scooter hands-on: Boosted finally scoots past skateboards