Honda is reviving the charm of the ’80s with a modern twist in the form of their electrified wonder, the Motocompacto. This throwback electric rideable takes inspiration from the short-lived Honda Motocompo scooter from the ’80s and, believe it or not, it’s intentionally designed to look like something straight out of a time machine. I have to admit; I’m rather smitten by its quirky appeal.
Folded up, the Motocompacto bears an uncanny resemblance to one of those foldable tables you’d find at Costco, but with a set of tiny aluminum wheels peeking out from underneath. To unleash its full scooter potential, you simply extend the handlebars, seats, and back wheel, and you’re ready to ride into the future, albeit on something that vaguely resembles a bike. Just to give you a sense of its compactness, this thing measures just a little over three feet in length.
Honda has gone for an aluminum frame and wheels to keep it “lightweight,” but at 41 pounds, it’s firmly in the same weight class as your typical e-bike. Now, when it comes to range, it’s not breaking any records with “up to 12 miles.” But hey, it’s not about long-haul trips; it’s about zipping around town in style. And when you do run out of juice, fear not. It can be recharged in 3.5 hours, which might seem like a bit of a wait, but at least it comes with an on-board charger, ready to plug into a 110V outlet.
One standout feature is its portability. The Motocompacto is designed with urban life in mind. It’s incredibly easy to stow away in vehicles or take on public transportation. That’s a major plus for city dwellers who crave the convenience of an e-bike or scooter without the headache of securing it all day.
What’s even more exciting is that this quirky scooter is part of Honda’s ambitious electric vehicle initiative. They’re aiming to replace their entire lineup with battery-electric and fuel-cell-electric vehicles by 2040, and the Motocompacto is a playful step in that direction.
For those itching to get their hands on this electrified blast from the past, mark your calendars for November when the Motocompacto will hit the streets, and the best part? It comes with a price tag “under $995,” making it an accessible and fun way to join the electric mobility revolution. You’ll be able to snag one exclusively on Motocompacto.com or at Honda and Acura dealerships. It’s a blast from the past with a futuristic twist, and I have a feeling it’s going to turn a lot of heads on the streets.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about electric scooter revival
What is the Honda Motocompacto?
The Honda Motocompacto is a modern electric scooter that draws inspiration from the ’80s Honda Motocompo scooter. It’s designed to be a fun and portable urban mobility solution.
How compact is the Motocompacto when folded?
When folded, the Motocompacto is incredibly compact, resembling a small table. It measures just a little over three feet in length, making it easy to store and transport.
What is the range of the Honda Motocompacto?
The Motocompacto offers a range of “up to 12 miles.” While it may not be suitable for long trips, it’s perfect for short urban commutes and zipping around town.
How long does it take to recharge the Motocompacto?
It takes approximately 3.5 hours to recharge the Motocompacto. While this may seem like a bit of a wait, it comes with an on-board charger for added convenience.
Is the Motocompacto part of Honda’s electric vehicle initiative?
Yes, indeed. The Motocompacto is part of Honda’s broader electric vehicle push, with the goal of replacing their entire lineup with battery-electric and fuel-cell-electric vehicles by 2040.
Who is the target audience for the Honda Motocompacto?
The Motocompacto is designed for urban dwellers who want a convenient and fun way to navigate the city. Its portability makes it an excellent choice for those who don’t want the hassle of securing a larger e-bike or scooter.
Where and when can I purchase the Honda Motocompacto?
The Motocompacto will be available starting in November, and you can get your hands on one either through Motocompacto.com or at Honda and Acura dealerships. The price is expected to be “under $995,” making it an accessible option for urban commuters and enthusiasts alike.