Yuneec are very well known for their high quality drones, but not everybody knows that they also do electric longboards.
As long term fans of Yuneec´s drones we wanted to take a look at the Yuneec E-Go 2 electric skateboard, to see how well it stacks up against the competition .
Like most manufacturers of electric skateboards, Yuneec honed their chops on different products before entering the skateboarding lexicon. Yuneec was founded in 1999 by Tian Yu in Jiangsu, China.
They began producing motorized electric aircraft, which helped to lay the foundation for the drones we know and love today.
Yuneec’s first entry into skateboarding came in the form of the original E-Go. This board looked a lot like the wildly popular Boosted Board. While the E-Go had the look of an incredibly high end $2000 electric longboard, it didn’t necessarily have the trimmings to go with it.
The company then went back to the drawing board and created the Yuneec E-Go 2, which is much smaller and a bit lighter than the original.
The E-Go 2 also features a kicktail , which makes maneuvering the board easy. Riders from a traditional skateboarding background are sure to feel right at home on the E-Go 2 thanks to its more familiar shape.
- 12 mph max speed
- 9 lbs
- 18 mile range
- Regenerative braking
- Available in 3 colors, with more on the way
- Fully charged in 3-5 hours
- 220 lb max weight
- Wireless Remote
- E-Go App for iOS and Android
When it comes to the technical specs, the E-Go falls around the middle of the pack in many categories.
But, considering that you could buy two E-Go 2 boards for the price of some of the other, more advanced boards, the E-Go 2 is still plenty attractive. In fact, you might even say that it’s packed with value given the affordable price .
Meanwhile, perhaps the biggest negative with this model is its top speed.
E-Go’s remote scores serious points for its ergonomic design. It fits beautifully in your hand. It also features a bright LED light, which is a much-appreciated feature when riding at night. Since you’ll always have the controller when operating the board, you’ll always have a light with you when riding at night.
On the other side of the coin, there seems to be a slight lag in the response of the remote. Riding the board, it felt like it took about a half a second to respond to commands from the remote to accelerate or brake.
For casual riders, this probably won’t be an issue. But, if you’re looking for real-time responsiveness the lag time of the remote could pose some issues.
The Yuneec E-Go 2 is a great entry level board that’s going to make a lot of riders very happy. But, as you’d imagine, there are some negatives that accompany the board as well. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of this board.
- Comfortable shape
- Much more affordable than other boards
- Looks awesome
- Fairly light weight
- Very impressive range at this price point
- Slower than some of the competitors
- Takes a long time to charge
- Remote control lag
Yuneec E-Go vs. Boosted
The original E-Go drew a lot of comparison to the Boosted Board Dual series when it was initially released. This was in part because the original E-Go looks almost identical to the Dual from Boosted.
The similarities end there, though. The Dual series from Boosted is one of the top of the line electric skateboards on the market, and it has the price tag to prove it.
If you’re hoping your E-Go is going to mirror the experience of a Boosted board, I’m going to have to burst your bubble. The E-Go is a budget option, and the folks at Yuneec have obviously had to cut some corners in order to hit their price point. The Dual and Dual+ from Boosted are packed with more features, and feature higher quality engines and components. But, you’ll have to shell out some serious cash if you’d like to own one.
Riding Experience – 7/10
When it comes to a comfortable ride, the E-Go 2 is pretty much unbeatable. This board has two things in its corner that ultimately make it one of the most comfortable board to ride on the market, in my opinion. First, the wheels are very large and come in at 90mm. This makes riding over cracks, uneven surfaces and small rocks and pebbles a breeze.
Also, the E-Go 2 has a very interesting grip tape. It isn’t the thin grip tape you’re used to seeing, with the E-Go 2, the grip tape is thick and springy, and that translates to an extremely comfortable and cushioned ride. This aspect helps the E-Go 2 mirror the ride experience of more expensive boards that are constructed from high-end materials.
Unfortunately, since the remote isn’t super responsive, riders will find that they’re unable to control the board as intuitively as they’d like. For casual riders, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s certainly something that would bother a more experienced rider.
Also, the motor on the E-Go 2 is 400 watts. This means the motor isn’t quite as smooth as some more expensive models. The E-Go 2 also isn’t capable of tackling any serious incline, thanks to its small motor. So, if you’re planning on riding your board on hilly terrain, this one won’t be the best choice for you.
Build Quality – 5/10
First, let’s talk about the deck itself. Skateboards are typically made of multiple plies of hardwood, like Canadian rock maple, for example. These thin plies of hardwood are then glued together, and the result is an extremely durable product that’s capable of standing up to use and abuse for an extended period.
For longboards, you’re likely to find boards made of bamboo, or a similar high-flex wood, or a hybrid of bamboo and hardwood, which offers much more road feel than a hardwood board, while also being highly durable.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Yuneec got the memo when it comes to board construction. Their boards are made from a composite wood material which is much less durable than hardwood or bamboo. While the E-Go 2 is still a great choice if you’re just looking to tip your toes into the world of electric skateboarding, this isn’t going to be a strong choice if you’re looking for a durable board you can use for the long term.
Range – 9/10
Sure, there are a bunch of boards on the market which feature a longer range than the E-Go 2. But, those boards are typically well over $1000. Considering that the E-Go 2 is one of the most affordable boards on the market, they deserve to be applauded for creating a board that’s capable of working for 18 miles between charges.
Speed – 6/10
You won’t be blowing anyone away with the speed of the E-Go 2. But, for most riders that isn’t going to really be an issue. The E-Go has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and features two acceleration modes: turtle and hare . In turtle mode, the board accelerates more slowly. This mode is great for younger riders, and it’s also a great way to conserve battery life to increase the range of the board.
In hare mode, the board accelerates more quickly and has the giddy up you’d expect from more expensive boards. Unfortunately, even though the board gets going with the best of them in hare mode, it still tops out at 12 miles per hour. So, you won’t really be fulfilling any speed demon urges you may have with the E-Go 2.
The Last Word
For these reasons, you’ll want to consider the E-Go 2 if you’re looking for your first board or just a fun new toy to fool around with .
Since they began producing skateboards, Yuneec has done an impressive job managing to include high-end features at an extremely affordable cost. There is still technical improvement to be had though.