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While the original top speed of 12.5 mph and range of 18 miles remain the same, the deck shape has changed into that of cruiser indicating Yuneec’s shift from all around board to one aimed at commuters and skating enthusiasts.
Besides Boosted dropping their new electric skateboard, the Boosted V2 this summer, the famously cheap electric skateboard, the Yuneec E-go, has also received an update.
The Yuneec E-go 2 keeps many of the same specs as the original Yuneec but packs it into a different board shape designed more for cruising and carving than the original Yuneec E-go was.
Unboxing the Yuneec E-GO 2 remains remarkably similar to unboxing the first generation. It still comes with the board, a charger, the remote, and a skate tool as shown below.
The Biggest Change: The Yuneec E-go 2 Deck
The physical board has changed the most in the upgrade from the orginal E-Go to the E-Go 2. Yuneec transitioned from a longer board with a length of 42” to a short cruiser board measuring only 36” inches long and 9.5” inches wide.
The deck is still made out of a thick composite wood which gives a medium-low amount of flex. In essence, the board is still light enough to support your weight easily and yet allows you to feel the board underneath.
This new shape seems aimed much more for riders who like to use their electric skateboards to commute. The addition of the kicktail provides evidence towards this idea. On any board, a kicktail allows riders better steering, control, and the possibility of tricks: which the original had no chance at.
While talking about the construction of the board, we should also talk about the color schemes it is available in. Yuneec has gone a different route in this upgrade by offering 3 different variations of the board. Shown below, there are Royal Wave (this is blue for the guys like me who don’t understand fancy color names), Hot Pink (Pink), Cool Mint (Green).
It is important to note that these options will not mean your entire board will be that color! The griptape will always remain black but your choice of color will change the accent on the top of the board, truck/wheel colors, and the bottom of the board color.
One common note we got from riders of the board was that the grip tape felt “heavy”. Each rider thought that the grip tape was very secure and kept their feet exactly in place with a semi-“squishy” feeling.
In terms of range, top speed, and charging time, it appears almost nothing has changed from the original. I can only assume Yuneec is convinced that their original specs for the electric skateboard were satisfactory and so decided to change nothing.
To recap the important characteristics of the Yuneec E-Go 2:
Range: 18 miles
Top Speed: 12.5 mph
Max Hill Incline: 10%
Charging Time: 3 -5 hours
If you want more details about the specific motor and battery that the E Go 2 carries, see our original Yuneec E-Go article, specifically the Technical Specifications section. All of the hardware has remained the same in this update.
The remote has also remained mostly the same since the original Yuneec. The electric skateboard is controlled by Bluetooth using a slide knob on the remote to accelerate the board.
The remote indicates the current battery level using flashing Led lights. 4 Flashing lights means the battery is fully charged while only 1 flash means the battery has less than 25% left.
If the battery does die on you, you can push the Yuneec E Go 2 but be prepared for some resistance from the motor. It is still possible to push but there is some friction from the motor that discourages it.
You can also control the E Go 2 using your phone. Currently, Yuneec has an iPhone app out which can fully replace your remote and they remain working on a version for Android.
Riding the Yuneec E-Go 2
While the range and top speed remained the same, the Yuneec E-Go 2 feels like a different board entirely from the first generation. The shorter deck length makes this board a lot more nimble and capable of true carving than the first generation.
The deck is similar to that of cruising longboards, and that is the main difference in riding style between the first and 2nd gen. While the original E-Go was designed as an all purpose board capable of downhill, carving, and riding anywhere, the E-Go 2 is much more compact resulting in increased carving and commuting ability.
Who Should buy the Yuneec E-Go 2?
With no increase to the original specifications, I was a little disappointed in this latest offering from Yuneec. However, the deck change clearly indicates a shift from an all-purpose electric skateboard to purely one aimed at carving enthusiasts and commuters.
The E-Go 2 is perfect for riders looking to enhance their daily commute while staying true to their skater roots. If you are a commuter or a rider just tired of pumping up hills, you can grab the Yuneec E-Go 2 now at Amazon.com (unlike the Boosted Board V2 which has suffered constant setbacks to production).