The Honda Motocompacto: A Fun and Green Way to Travel
The Honda Motocompacto is now available for purchase at specific Honda and Acura dealerships and online. It’s a very cute electric scooter that can reach speeds of up to 15 mph (24 km/h), has a range of 12 miles (19 km), and costs $995.
Jane Nakagawa, VP of the R&D Business Unit at American Honda Motor, described the Motocompacto as a unique and fun part of their larger electrification strategy. They aim to support carbon neutrality by offering zero-emissions transportation alongside their new all-electric SUVs.
Made with heat-treated aluminum, it weighs 41.3 lbs (18.7 kg), but it’s stackable due to its design, allowing you to store multiple in an electric vehicle’s trunk. Honda claims it’s easy to ride, safe, and durable. Its compact size (3.7 inches wide, 21.1 inches tall, and 29.2 inches long when folded) makes it convenient for public transit.
In September, Honda introduced the Motocompacto, a compact electric scooter created by their engineers in the U.S. It’s designed for short trips in cities or on college campuses. When folded, it fits in a car trunk like the original Motocompo. The old version had a 49cc engine, not an electric motor, making 2.5 hp (1.8 kW/2.5 PS), and reaching a top speed of 18 mph (29 km/h). Its unique feature was its ability to fold into a 1983 Honda City Turbo II’s trunk.
The new Motocompacto aims to bring back that spirit for the 2020s. It has a 490-watt (0.6 hp) electric motor powered by a 6.8Ah battery. It can be charged in just 3.5 hours.
The Honda Motocompacto also includes a smartphone app for owners, providing information about battery charge, health, trip calculations, and more.