Honda Motocompacto Brings Back the Foldable Suitcase Scooter Concept
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Honda has revived its Motocompo suitcase-sized scooter idea from the ’80s with a new electric model called the Motocompacto. Designed as an urban personal transportation solution, the Motocompacto will be sold online at Motocompacto.Honda.com or at Honda and Acura car dealerships for $995.
Like its predecessor, the Motocompacto has a compact, foldable design. Measuring 29.2 x 21.1 x 3.7 inches when fully folded, and weighing 41.3 pounds, the Motocompacto can be easily stowed in the trunk of a car or even carried onto public transportation.
The Motocompacto offers very modest performance, with a permanent magnet 490W front wheel hub motor claiming an output of 11.8 lb-ft., with a claimed top speed of 15 mph. That may not sound like much, but as a “first and last mile” solution, it isn’t supposed to be. The original Motocompo, produced from 1981 to 1983, was powered by a 49cc two-stroke engine producing a claimed 2.5 hp at 5,000 rpm and 2.7 lb-ft. The Motocompo also weighed 99 pounds with a full 0.58-gallon tank, more than twice the weight of the Motocompacto.
The battery has a 6.8 Ah capacity, which Honda says will provide a range of 12 miles and can get fully charged in 3.5 hours from a common 110v outlet.
The Motocompacto has a single seat, foldable footpegs, an LED display, and a convenient handle for lugging it around. An accompanying mobile app lets riders adjust the Motocompacto’s settings such as lighting and ride modes over a Bluetooth connection.
The Honda Motocompacto will be available for purchase starting in November for $995, along with a host of accessories.
2024 Honda Motocompacto Specifications
Permanent magnet, direct drive
11.8 lb.-ft./16 Nm (claimed)
3.5 hours (110v)
Up to 12 miles
Length (ready-to-ride / folded)
38.1 inches / 29.2 inches
Height (ready-to-ride / folded)
35.0 inches / 21.1 inches
Width (ready-to-ride / folded)
17.2 inches / 3.7 inches
41.3 lbs. (claimed)