two minute review
YES is Yvolution’s first attempt at breaking into the popular electric scooter market. And the Dublin-based company didn’t just copy what worked well for others; instead, he designed one of the most beautiful electric scooters we’ve ever seen, combining vibrant colors, bright lights and the unique Flexpress wooden deck – a real treat for the eyes.
The scooter comes practically pre-assembled; all you need to do is screw on the handles and you’re good to go. Operating the YES Electric Scooter is just as easy as there is just one button to press. The LED display is clear and easy to read and shows all the information you need to know about speed, headlights and more.
Speaking of lights: the Yvolution YES has a five-point safety lighting system that includes a bright headlight, an equally bright taillight, and smaller lights scattered around the Flexpress plate. You will be seen walking on YES on the street.
And it’s probably best that you’re highly visible because riding the YES Electric Scooter is quite a dangerous affair. It’s limited to 25km / 15.5 miles, just like any other e-scooters, but the brakes are electric and quite powerful. Worse yet, you apply them by pressing a small lever that doesn’t have much resistance, which makes braking rough and abrupt. The rear fender can also be used for braking, but it’s also connected to the electric brake, oddly enough, so it’s not much better to use it.
The range isn’t too bad, but we’ve found that at the highest setting you won’t be able to go far with the Yvolution YES Electric Scooter, especially if you live in a mountainous area. To add insult to injury, the battery can be cut without warning, disabling the electric brake as well, which is by no means ideal.
The YES Electric Scooter is definitely not the best electric scooter on the market, but we expect Yvolution to look into the issues so the second iteration can take on models from big brands like the Pure Air Pro and co.
Yvolution YES electric scooter price and availability
The Yvolution YES Electric Scooter is available for purchase now directly from Yvolution (opens in new tab) (retailer link) for a recommended retail price of $599 (approximately £494/AU$862). The scooter is sold in the US only, where Yvolution offers free delivery on all orders over $40 to the continental US. Currently, the company only sells one type of electric scooter.
- Very atractive
- comfortable grip
- maple wood deck
Project score: 5/5
The Yvolution YES Electric Scooter is drop-dead gorgeous; one of the main reasons we agreed to give it a try. It comes in a variety of bold color options, including the tested Night Sky version, which is more of a navy blue if you ask us, but looks wonderful in real life.
Starting at the top, the first thing you’ll notice is the large headlight unit and handlebars. The former is housed in a plastic case, but feels sturdy enough; the last one is the softest thing you’ve ever played. The handles are made from a soft, cork-like material that is a real joy to hold. Our only criticism is that while they are easy to screw on, you should make sure you don’t twist them too much when riding, as this can loosen them.
You’ll find two bag hooks on the stem, which is a nice idea, though a little useless in this case. We had suitcases jumping off the hooks when we hit bumps in the road, which isn’t great if you’re on the road trying to stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. A carabiner style option may be safer.
The main attraction is located under your feet – the wooden Flexpress plank. This is as fabulous as it looks in the pictures and makes it look like you’re riding a skateboard, not an electric scooter. Yvolution described the Flexpress as a ‘maple wood floating deck’ that comes with an ‘innovative ‘Flexxpress’ technology that absorbs bumps and shocks’.
Now in reality the Flexpress doesn’t replace full suspension units, but it does offer some comfort, which is needed as the puncture-proof tires are tough as a nut. We don’t mind, though, in exchange for the peace of mind that we won’t have a flat tire, no matter what.
- Three riding modes
- Immovable purse hook a problem
Portability Score: 3/5
The Yvolution YES Electric Scooter is foldable, making it easy to transport on and off public transport. We use the train to move between cities, and carrying the YES was never a problem, although we don’t call it light (it’s around 15.5kg/34Lb).
A small problem is the position of the lower bag hook, located in the area where the scooter balance point is when it is folded; not ideal when you need to carry it up and down the stairs at the train station. We would like a carry handle or something on the scooter so it can be tossed over the shoulder.
According to the video on the Yvolution website, you can also drag the scooter behind you, which is probably less taxing on your arms, but makes maneuvering a little more difficult in areas where there are a lot of people. It is an option, however.
There are three riding modes, one of which is walking and it helps you push the scooter more easily even if you are not on it. You can activate this by pressing the main action button twice until the console displays the number ‘1’.
- not exactly as advertised
- cut without warning
Battery Score: 2.5/5
As mentioned above, the Yvolution YES Electric Scooter has three riding modes: walk (6 km/h/3.7 mph), average speed (18 km/h/11.2 mph) and top speed (25 km/h/15.5 mph). On paper, the scooter has a range of 15.5 miles, but in reality this might only be the case when the road surface you are traveling on is as smooth as butter and there are no hills.
In our experience, the YES scooter had a range of less than 5 miles at its maximum speed setting, although we must admit, the area we use it can be quite hilly. That said, the scooter should be able to handle hills of up to 14% incline, and none of the hills we’ve climbed are more than that.
Strangely, when it decides it’s time to shut down, the battery shuts off without warning. All you will feel is the loss of power, look down and the screen is off. This happened on several occasions on the way home from the train station, around the 4 mile mark on a full battery.
Said battery is a 20-cell 36V 7.5Ah Li-ion battery that powers a 350W motor (500W max) – should be enough to handle some climbs. It takes about 4-5 hours to charge it from 0-100%, which would be nice if it didn’t cut out after 20-25 minutes of riding time in a day.
- Pleasant on flat surfaces
- puncture proof tires
- Electric brake is very powerful and slow
Riding experience score: 2.5/5
This follows us well into the next section: the riding experience. Again, on paper, the Yvolution YES Electric Scooter should deliver an excellent riding experience thanks to safety features, electric brake and ‘floating’ Flexpress plate. The rod also goes up quite a bit, so it’s comfortable to ride the scooter, even if you’re tall (I’m 1.80m).
In reality, while it’s not impossible to ride the YES scooter correctly, it’s far from a smooth experience, especially at first. The main hurdle to overcome is the electric brake – it’s a little slow and very powerful. Once the button is pressed, the brakes turn on a little later, but at almost full power, making it difficult to figure out how to use them properly.
We found that the best way to slow down was to speed up only when necessary and be on the lookout for any signals in the distance that might force you to slow down. Before braking, you move your center of gravity further back, almost pulling the scooter backwards, so the braking force doesn’t cause you to fall forward.
It is certainly not the most ideal way to travel.
Despite the floating deck, the Yvolution YES scooter offers a bumpy ride due to rock solid tires. The deck can only handle so much vibration, and the scooter will vibrate on most surfaces, at least when we ride it.
Another peculiar thing we noticed was that while you can’t turn off the scooter while it’s in motion, even the slightest movement is registered as motion. Thus, it is possible to push the scooter forward slightly and turn the lever, so that the scooter starts to move. This isn’t a big deal if you’re an experienced rider, but we can imagine beginners losing control of the e-scooter until they learn to use it.
On a more positive note, the YES Electric Scooter pulls well on flat surfaces, and it’s actually a lot of fun to ride around town (as long as there aren’t any hills). The turning radius is a little wider than we’d like, but thanks to the high stem and handlebars, the riding experience is far from unpleasant. Plus, thanks to the puncture-proof tires, you also get a sense of security.