Yvolution Yes electric scooter review: fun retro design, flawed performance

Yvolution Yes: One-minute review

The Yvolution Yes has many of the makings of one of the best electric scooters. Its retro design feels like a breath of fresh air in the electric scooter market (and also reminds this reviewer of her childhood bicycle in the late 80s). It’s got an easy folding mechanism that adds to its convenience. It has a quiet motor and a snappy throttle that doesn’t need a kickstart to set off. It has a nice, spacious deck. And, best of all, it’s decently-priced – not cheap, but not expensive either.

Sadly, Yvolution may have gotten too wrapped up in designing it to actually pay more attention to its performance. For a commuter e-scooter, it has a very limited range of 15.5 miles and a battery that drains even when it’s turned off. And, for a green vehicle that touts itself a safe ride, its tires don’t have a lot of traction and its brakes barely work when going downhill. 

One might say that at its price point, you can’t expect the best performance. But, we’re inclined to disagree as we have ridden similarly-priced and some of the cheapest electric scooters that deliver a longer range and a far superior braking system. 

That isn’t to say that the Yvolution Yes doesn’t have its place in the world. It actually makes for the best electric scooter for students, especially for riding around the campus. However, we’d recommend it more to riders who live in areas with quieter, smoother, and flatter streets than city commuters who deal with inclines, rougher roads, and a whole lot of car and foot traffic.

Yvolution Yes: Price and availability

How much does it cost? $599 (about £495)Where is it available? Available nowWhere can you get it? Available in the US and the UK

Yvolution Yes: SPECS

Motor: 300W
Top speed: 15.5mph (25kmh)
Range: 15.5 miles (25km)
Braking system: Electronic handlebar brake + rear foot brake
Weight: 34.2lbs (15.5kg)
Max load capacity: 220lbs (100kg)

The Yvolution Yes sits nicely in the lower mid-range, which makes it an affordable option at just $599 (about £495). It is, of course, not the cheapest we’ve seen or tested, being $100 / £100 or more than what we would consider a budget e-scooter. However, it is more affordable than most of the top models on the market.

On the other hand, you do have more powerful propositions if you’re willing to spend a couple more hundred bucks/quid. The NIU KQi3 Pro is only $799 / £699 / AU$1,279 and boasts a higher top speed, a longer range, and much superior shock absorption, thanks to its fat tires. The TurboAnt V8 also sits at the same price point at $799 (about £707, AU$1253) while offering an impressive 50-mile range thanks to its dual batteries, bigger tires, and a 20mph top speed.

Still, if you are on a tight budget, the Yvolution Yes is a great option that’s available to US and UK riders. Sadly, it isn’t available in Australia at the time of writing.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

Yvolution Yes: Assembly

Easy, beginner-level assemblyComes pre-charged

In many ways, the Yvolution Yes is made for novice riders. Setting it up, for example, is incredibly easy. You don’t have to attach the brake cables or screw in the handlebar. All you need to do is screw in the hand grips or handles, which are marked left or right so you know which one goes where, and secure them in place with the provided screws and hex wrench to keep them from turning loose during use.

The throttle and brake levers are already attached, but they are fitted loosely so that you can slide them both over the hand grip screws to keep them out of sight. Be sure to do so and tighten them in place.

That’s it, really. The Yvolution Yes comes charged out of the box so you can use it right after assembly. If you’re hoping to use it for your work or school commute, however, we would charge it until full just in case.

Assembly score: 5/5

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

Yvolution Yes: Design

Nostalgic retro design with old-school kickstandSpacious floating desk with a lot of grippageSquishy hand grips to reduce vibrations

The one thing that sets the Yvolution Yes apart from other electric scooters on the market is its retro design. Not only does it come in aquamarine, rose, night sky (as well as black and white) colorways, but it delivers a touch of nostalgia with its round headlight (not to be confused with a ring light), maple wooden deck, handles made to look like they’re made of wood, and a drop kickstand you typically see on vintage bikes. It’s a fresh take in the sea of rugged-looking, mostly black e-scooter models we’re seeing right now.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

It’s not all looks, however. It’s got a mostly sturdy build, its parts firmly secured in place so you don’t feel like you’re riding on a rickety piece of vehicle. Its deck, despite not having a lot of ground clearance, is wide and spacious with a sandpaper-like top for grip, and the compact dashboard is decently bright. And, the stem feels robust yet sleek. 

There are also five lights on the Yvolution Yes to keep you safe and visible at night: a headlight, two side lights, and two rear lights, which flash when you’re braking. 

The handles feel squishy, made of some sort of cork-like material with anti-vibration. They have less grip and take some getting used to but are very effective at minimizing vibrations during rides so you can have a more comfortable experience

The handles feel squishy, made of a cork-like material with anti-vibration construction. They have less grip and take some getting used to but are very effective at minimizing vibrations during rides so you can have a more comfortable experience.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The plastic bell seems flimsy, however, and it sits next to the throttle, which means you have to take your finger off the throttle to ring it. If you’re on cruise control, that’s fine. If you’re not, it feels inconvenient. 

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

You know what else is inconvenient here is the old-school drop kickstand. You have to use a bit more force and do some finagling to prop the electric scooter up.

Design score: 3.5/5

Yvolution Yes: Features

Easy folding mechanismIntuitive dash with a single-button control

While most electric scooters come with a folding mechanism, there are only a handful of them that actually make the folding process easy for users. Another thing that the Yvolution Yes has going for it is that it’s one of those models that boast an easy-to-use, yet secure, folding lever.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The folding mechanism here is three step process – you need to press the red button to unlatch, fold down the lever, and push on the back bumping to lock the stem in place.  However, it takes very little force to do so, making the process pretty much effortless. 

The button is easy to push while the latch isn’t too tight to pull down. Unfolding is just as simple: you simply push down on the back bumper to unlock, swing the stem in place until you hear an audible click, and push the lever back up.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The dashboard is also simple and intuitive to use, using just a single button for power, changing riding modes, toggling between mph and kph, and turning the headlight on/off. Speaking of riding modes, there are three here: walking, which tops at 3.7mph (6kmh), mid speed, which tops at 11.2mph (18kmh), and max speed, which maxes at 15.5mph (25kmh).

Features score: 3.5/5

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

Yvolution Yes: Performance

Quiet motor, snappy start, decent shock absorptionIneffective brakes when going downhillShort battery life

Performance isn’t exactly the Yvolution Yes’ strongest suit. The motor is pretty quiet while the throttle and acceleration are snappy. You don’t even need to kick to start riding as the throttle works without assistance and is very responsive. It also has decent shock absorption, thanks largely to its floating maple wooden deck that boasts Yvolution’s Flexxpress technology that absorbs bumps and shocks.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

Sadly, that’s where the good stuff ends. The tires don’t have enough traction on that to maintain a stable ride. On rougher or wet roads, the front tire on the Yvolution Yes can suddenly slip or slightly turn the wrong way, which can be dangerous if you’re not an experienced rider, which is why it’s very important to keep both your hands on the handles so you can adjust immediately if it happens.

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

The e-scooter’s brakes, which consist of an electronic handlebar brake and rear foot brake, work fine on flat roads. However, neither are effective when you’re going downhill. When going down a 15-degree steep hill, you’ll still find yourself moving even when you’re pressing down on those brakes hard. We do not recommend going downhill on this model at fast speeds, as these brakes won’t do much to save your life.

The front brake is also a little dicey to control. Instead of a traditional brake lever, you’re getting something that’s similar to its throttle. Not only is it harder to control, but you also have to press deep for it to work.

Yvolution doesn’t specify the Yes’ hill grade rating, but there’s nothing here to write about anyway. On a 15-degree incline, we’ve only gotten to about 6 to 7mph on its fastest riding mode, and that’s with a light, under-125-pound rider. Obviously, it does much worse on a 25-degree incline. If you live on a hill, like we do, be prepared to walk or carry it home.

The battery isn’t much better, either. Not only is it limited to a 15.5-mile (25km) range, which means that if you’re using it for your daily work commutes, you might have to charge it every night or every other night, but it also tends to drain even when the electric scooter is on standby or turned off.

Performance score: 3/5

Should I buy the Yvolution Yes?

(Image credit: Future / Michelle Rae Uy)

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First reviewed January 2023

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