July, 2018 – Backfire announces Backfire Ranger X1, the first all-terrain board at under $1000 USD. Backfire also raises $331K USD on Indiegogo for its board, greatly exceeding the target of $50K USD.
June 1, 2018 – Announcement of Enertion Raptor 2.1. Current 500 lots of Raptor 2.0 available for shipping. Raptor 2.1 availability planned for August 2018. Jed Board deliveries pushed back now into October, 2018.
April 17, 2018 – Boosted Board announces new product line (Boosted S - $749 USD, Boosted X - $999 USD, Boosted Mini - $1399 USD , and Boosted Stealth - $1599 USD). Depending on the board, shipping is anticipated to range from 5 to 12 weeks.
March, 2018 – Mike Maloney (based in Denver, CO) of Kota Longboard raises $22K USD, exceeding the target of 15K USD on kickstarter. This company started building skateboards in Mr. Maloney's garage in 2012.
2002 – Trampa Boards (based in Nottingham, UK) was founded. They are widely recognized as the best manufacturer of ruggedized longboards today. Many DIY esk8ers buy their boards and convert them to electric using either Trampa's motor parts or third-party vendors.
1997 – Development of the first electric skateboard. It was developed by another California resident, Louie Finkle, who is widely recognized as the originator of the electric skateboard. Around the same time, the state of California issues a ban on motorized skateboards.
1993 – Sector 9 (based in San Diego, CA, USA), probably the first company to mass produce longboards, was founded.
Summer, 1975 – Development of the first motorized skateboard, the Motoboard. It was produced by a student, Jim Rugroden, at the University of California at Berkeley, while he was on break between classes. The Motoboard was powered by twin gasoline engines and the most recent model is still available for purchase today.