Honda launches an electric scooter that folds up like a suitcase

18 Sep 2023

The Motocompacto electric vehicle can travel 19 km on a single charge, has a maximum speed of 24 km/h, weighs 18.7 kg, and costs 995 USD.

Honda Motocompacto electric vehicle.  Photo: Honda

Honda is set to release a compact electric car model called Motocompacto, slated to hit the market in November with a starting price of 995 USD. The design is inspired by the Honda Motocompo model sold between 1981 and 1983, and it’s tailored for urban commuting.

The Motocompacto boasts a top speed of 24 km/h and a range of 19 km on a single charge. Its 6.8 Ah battery can be fully charged in approximately 3.5 hours using a standard household electrical outlet (110 V in the US market). It is equipped with a 490W motor mounted on the front wheel.

The vehicle has the ability to fold compactly, with integrated carrying handles.  Photo: Honda

One of the standout features of this electric vehicle is its ability to fold down compactly, allowing it to be stacked, facilitating easy transport on cars or public transportation like buses and trains. This not only aids in convenience but also helps save parking space. When folded, its dimensions (in cm) are 74 x 9 x 54, making it only slightly larger than carry-on luggage for air travel, but significantly thinner. When fully extended, the car measures 97 x 44 x 89 cm, with a seat height of 62 cm and a wheelbase of 74 cm. The Motocompacto weighs 18.7 kg.

The vehicle features integrated carrying handles and a chassis that doubles as storage space when in use, as well as a place to secure the saddle and handlebars when folded. Additional amenities include a footrest, electronic clock, charge level indicator light, and a convenient handle for when the vehicle is folded. It can also connect to smartphones for customizable driving and lighting modes.

Constructed from heat-treated aluminum, both the frame and wheels ensure durability while maintaining a lightweight profile. Honda encourages personalization, leaving the body of the vehicle blank for users to customize to their preferences.



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