Your basic skateboard is limited by two things: The power comes from your legs, and the pavement that you're riding on.
A company called Fiik Skateboards addresses the first problem with their on-board motors, operated via a handheld wireless remote, and tackles the second with their Big Daddy offroad model, which has big-ass knobby tires. Fiik has been motorizing skateboards for more than a decade, starting off with bolted-on chainsaw motors and now using more elegant lithium-battery-powered electric motors; the Big Daddy sports a beefy 800-watt model, good for an astonishing 30 kilometers.
We wonder if those tires can handle NYC potholes -- we'd love to see legions of cityfolk commuting to work on these.
Nicely-produced video of the Big Daddy, by surf filmmaker Bali Strickland, after the jump.