Honda has filed a trademark application for “Motocompacto” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s close to “MotcCompo,” the name of Honda’s suitcase-sized fold-up scooter.

The original Honda Motocompo was only sold from 1981 to 1983, with only about 54,000 ever produced. Despite its limited run, the Motocompo gained a cult-like status due to its unique design and concept. Designed to be stored in the trunk of a car, the Motocompo transforms from a compact form into a fully functioning scooter.

Honda’s been on a bit of a retro minibike kick of late, producing a new Monkey and a Super Cub C125. So, why not a modern Motocompo suitcase scooter?

Unlike the gas-powered Super Cub and Monkey, it looks like the Motocompacto will be electric, as the new trademark application lists the intended use as being for “land vehicles, namely, electric scooters.”

Honda has toyed with the idea of an electric Motocompo before, revealing its Motor Compo concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The Honda Motor Compo concept from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The Motor Compo concept is nine years old now, and a new Motocompacto isn’t likely to look like it, except in the most general of sense. One feature it might share with the concept is the use of a removable battery. Honda offers an electric version of the PCX scooter in Japan that uses two power packs that can be removed for recharging or to be swapped for fully charged packs.

As with all trademark filings, there’s no indication on if or when we would see a final product. But if the Honda Motocompacto turns out to be exactly what we think it is, then count us intrigued.


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