That’s not Photoshop — it’s supposed to look like that. This is Honda’s Motocompacto, a throwback all-electric rideable inspired by the short-lived Honda Motocompo scooter of the ‘80s, and I’m sorry to say that I’m kind of into it.
The vehicle, folded up, resembles one of those Costco folding tables but with little aluminum wheels poking out the bottom. To transform it into a scooter, you extend the handlebars, seats and back wheel, and ride away on something vaguely approximating a bike. (To give you some perspective on the design, this thing is just over three feet long.)
Honda says its aluminum frame and wheels keep it “lightweight” but at 41 pounds it’s firmly in the same weight class as regular e-bikes, and with a range of "up to 12 miles," it’s not getting you very far either. After its 12-mile range is used up, it can be re-juiced in 3.5 hours, which is a considerable amount of time, but at least it comes with an on-board charger ready for you to plug into a 110V outlet.
The scooter is designed to be easy to take into vehicles or on public transportation — which could be a huge selling point for city dwellers that want the convenience of an e-bike or scooter but not the trouble of securely locking it up all day. It’s part of Honda’s big EV push, which aims to replace its entire lineup with battery-electric and fuel-cell-electric vehicles by 2040.
The Honda Motocompacto will be available starting in November priced “under $995” exclusively on Honda’s website and at Honda and Acura dealers.
Update September 14 1PM ET: This article was modified after publish to include a link to the Motocompacto website.
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September 14, 2023 at 08:03AM