You may have heard of Yuneec due to their Typhoon line of drones, but they also have dipped into the electric skateboard market. New for 2017 is the Yuneec E-Go2, which replaces the original E-Go electric longboard in their lineup. This board is the only item Yuneec makes besides their growing line of drones – is their sole electric skateboard worth checking out? We took a deep dive into this one for you.
The Yuneec E-Go2 is pretty striking when you first see it. It comes in three colors – Royal Wave, Cool Mint, and Hot Pink. The color scheme you choose is present throughout the board, so it’s more than just picking a different deck. The deck, trucks, wheels, and even the battery will all fit the color scheme you go with.
This attention to detail is present throughout the board – you can tell they at least put some thought and effort into it. Yuneec is definitely trying to build a brand for themselves instead of trying to compete at the low end ($200-$300) of the electric skateboard market. The E-Go2 retails for $699.99 (although you can find it for closer to $400 on Amazon sometimes). The overall build quality is pretty high. You can tell it isn’t a cheap board when you first take a look or hop on it.
Hardware and Specs
|Max Range||18 miles|
|Max Speed||12 miles per hour|
|Charge Time||3-5 hours|
|Board Weight||14 pounds|
|Motor Power||400 watts|
While the board is well designed and put together, it definitely isn’t quite at the high end as far as hardware is concerned. Topping out at 12 mph with it’s relatively puny single 400 watt motor, the Yuneec E-Go2 definitely won’t be breaking any speed records. It does have pretty great range, at 18 miles, and weighs just under 14 pounds if you end up having to push or carry it.
The most disappointing thing about the Yuneec E-Go2 is how long it takes to charge though. Advertised as taking between 3 and 5 hours to charge to full, it definitely seemed to be closer to 5 than 3. Still, with a full charge you can go up to 18 miles, which is more than most other boards on the market.
The deck itself is made up of 8 layers of composite wood, and has a kicktail if that is important to your riding style. It comes with stock / generic trucks, and E-Go branded 90×52 mm polyurethane wheels. The kicktail can be pretty useful if you’re new to riding, although it is pretty necessary since the board is super stiff. The large wheels are also pretty great for riding over gravel or rough surfaces. Overall, the Yuneec E-Go2 is well put together and includes some pretty solid parts.
Like most electric skateboards these days, the Yuneec E-Go2 comes with a remote control and an app for your phone. The app and remote both let you control the mode, and the modes for the E-Go2 are pretty unique. It has sport and eco to control the acceleration, and then rabbit or turtle to control max speed. These options give you pretty great control over the how the board rides.
The app and remote also both let you see how much battery you have left, but it is pretty awkward to tell from the remote. You have to look at the blinking LED at the end of the remote. How fast it is blinking tells you how much battery is left. This is really awkward, and probably dangerous to do while riding. You probably want to stick with the app to check your battery life.
The controls for actually using the E-Go2 are pretty standard. You push the spring-loaded toggle forward to accelerate, and back to break (no reverse on this guy). However, there is definitely some noticeable lag between when you push on the toggle and when the board reacts.
Yuneec E-Go2 AAB Rating
- Build quality
- Range and battery life
- Top speed
Overall, we give the Yuneec E-Go2 an 8/10. It is a great option in the middle of the market. Much better than the boards you can find in the $2-300 range, but not quite up to the standards of options like the Boosted Board that’ll run you more than $1k. A great option if you want a solid electric skateboard for your commute but aren’t quite ready to drop over a grand (or if you want one right away, since Boosted Board and others are having supply issues right now).