Boasting zero emissions & a unique foldable design, Motorcompacto, a $995 transportation appliance is set to be launched by Honda in November. The catalyst for the much-anticipated “last mile“ transport revolution might be this ultra-compact vehicle. The design of the Motorcompacto allows it to fold into a light, stackable carrying case measuring 29.2 by 21.1 into 3.7 inches. The compact nature of this device makes it an ideal accessory for cars, complementing public transport, & can be conveniently stored & charged in tight spaces.
A maximum speed of 15 mph (24kmh) & a zero-emissions range of up to 12 miles (19 km) is offered by the e-scooter. Whether it is folded or ready to ride, charging the Motorcompacto takes just 3.5 hours using a standard 110 V outlet. While the Motorcompacto, interestingly, was conceived by American Honda engineers, its roots trace to a concept that has been brewing in the Japanese market for fifty years. Designed as a “trunk bike“ add-on for some of its city cars, Honda had previously introduced a gas-powered foldable Motorcompo in the 1980s.
Fetching impressive prices at auction, the 1980s Motorcompacto has since gained a cult following especially in America. Featuring the British ska Band, Madness, a memorable Japanese TV commercial from the 1980s showcased the Motorcompo. Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to sync with a phone app to customize settings, lighting, & riding modes are included in the modern features of the Motorcompacto. The Motorcompacto of Honda is expected to invigorate the market for lightweight, foldable transportation appliances, similar to how Apple’s iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry.
Embracing technological advancements, Honda’s Motorcompacto is priced at 82,855 USD in the international market. Inspiration is drawn by the e-scooter from Honda’s fuel-powered micro motorcycle from the early 80s. The Motorcompacto is slated to be available for purchasers in November, 2023, at Honda & Acura automobile dealerships. Developed in California & Ohio, the e-scooter weighs a mere 19 kg making it easy to carry. The Motorcompacto measures 38 inches (965mm) in length, when in use, as it is reduced to approximately 28 inches (736 mm) when folded.
The scooter houses a 6.8 Ah battery pack, producing 16 Nm of peak torque, despite its compact size. According to Honda, the scooter can cover around 19km on a full charge & can reach up to 24 kph. Honda says the newly introduced Motorcompacto is a perfect electric scooter for all cityscapes & college campuses. The company emphasizes the scooter’s comfortable riding experience, highlighting features like its cushy seat, secure grip foot pegs, on-board storage, charge gauge, & digital speedometer.
The design of the Motorcompacto is reminiscent of the Motorcompo from the early 1980s, but is now electric & boasts a retro yet futuristic white body. Expected to retail at just $995, the Motorcompacto will be available at Honda & Acura dealers this November. The top speed of the e-scooter is 15 mph, targeting first & last-mile transportation needs. Allowing users to adjust settings like lighting & ride modes, Honda has also developed a dedicated app for the Motorcompacto. The commitment of Honda to innovation is evident with the Motorcompacto, & they are even offering branded accessories such as backpacks, apparel, & helmets. Encouraging users to adorn it with stickers, showcasing their unique style, the broad white surface of the Motorcompacto is intentionally designed for personalization.