Thursday, April 18, 2024

Honda Motocompacto e-scooter can fold into a compact carrying case

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Honda has released its new compact foldable e-scooter, Motocompacto, a successor to the 1980s Motocompo bike.

Motocompo was a tiny little internal combustion engine-powered motorcycle sold and designed in Japan to fit in the trunk of a small car and give drivers a way to extend their reach into a city. However, this compact bike was discontinued after two years of its launch.

Now, Honda has launched the electric version of the Motocompo compact bike, Motocompacto. It features an ultra-compact foldable design that can fold into its own compact, light, and stackable carrying case.

When folded, it measures 3.7 inches wide, 21.1 inches high, and 29.2 inches long. After unfolding, it is 38.1 inches long, 35 inches high, and 17.2 inches wide. The bike has a seat height of 24.5 inches, and it weighs 41.3 lbs (18.7 kg).

Honda Motocompacto Folded
Honda Motocompacto Folded. Credit: Motocompacto Honda.

The Motocompacto is equipped with the front wheel permanent magnet, direct drive motor type with a peak power of 490W and torque of 16Nm, which provides the bike maximum speed of 15mph (24 km/h).

Moreover, this bike has a battery capacity of 6.8Ah, which provides the bike a maximum range of up to 12 miles (19 km). It can be fully recharged within 3.5 hours in both the folded and ready-to-ride configuration using a standard 110 V charger.

The Motocompacto may come in very handy because of its compact form factor and the compactness will help store and charge in tight places.

The zero-emission Motocompacto is designed for urban mobility, providing riders with an easy, fun-to-ride alternative transport.

Honda Motocompacto Unfolded
Honda Motocompacto Unfolded. Credit: Motocompacto Honda.

Motocompacto was designed and developed by Honda engineers in Ohio and California as an innovative personal electric transportation approach. According to Honda, it has earned 32 patents.

It was designed with rider comfort and convenience in mind. It features a comfy seat, secure grip foot pegs, onboard storage, a digital speedometer, a charge gauge, and a comfortable carry handle.

The compact bike can be connected to the phone app, enabling riders to adjust their personal settings via Bluetooth, including lighting and ride modes.

“Motocompacto is easy to use and fun to ride, but was also designed with safety, durability, and security in mind,” said Nick Ziraldo, project lead and design engineering unit leader at Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, in a statement, “It uses a robust heat-treated aluminum frame and wheels, bright LED headlight and taillight, side reflectors, and a welded steel lock loop on the kickstand that is compatible with most bike locks.”

The Honda Motocompacto is priced at $995 on their official website and will be available from November this year.