The Rev is more than just a fun sidewalk scoot; it's truly a "vehicle-grade" product. At first glance, you get more of a motorbike vibe than a plaything. The frame is a combo of 6061-T6 extruded aluminum and forged parts, making a super-solid ride. The plank area is spacious, with a touch of give for comfort, but it's a far cry from the bounciness of Boosted's longboards. The two in-wheel 750-watt motors seem quieter than the boards as well, partly because it ditched the familiar (and exposed) belt-drive mechanism. You can crank the Rev up to 24MPH, cruise up 25 percent inclines and cover a range of up to 22 miles. It also has wide air-filled tires and more than enough ways to slow down: There are three braking methods.
If you were fine with the pricing on Boosted's Stealth longboard, then you'll find no surprises here. The Rev electric scooter is similarly priced at $1,599, and you may feel more confident spending that amount here given its size and build quality. There also seem to be fewer parts subject to the casual wear of a skateboard, although you're buying into a completely different kind of fun.
There's been a lot of talk about e-scooters and the ridesharing industry of late, but Boosted is aiming for the owner's market instead of jumping into that. (Although, it is a direction two of its previous co-founders decided to head two years ago.) I'd been wondering if many people really did own scooters. I don't see many around NYC (due to a current illegal status here), and my perception was mostly of burgeoning rideshare options -- usually found in warmer regions.
The Rev's quality and price tag do make it less of an option for the hard-worn life of a rideshare scooter. If anything, I could see private tour companies offering pricey rentals to tourists (Segway, anyone?), but not much in the rent-ride-and-ditch business model.