Honda “Motocompacto” Scooter Delivers EV Enjoyable on Two Wheels


As a licensed automotive addict for many of my life, I’ve simply bought my 50th car (and no, I haven’t stored all of them!). I purchased my first two-wheeled car. It’s my first EV, and it’s the cutest factor you’ll ever see. It’s a folding electrical scooter known as the Honda Motocompacto, and it went on sale in early November.

Automotive engineers have their work minimize out for them with the duty of protecting tempo with the fast growth of BEV (battery-electric car) expertise because it expands. The timeline is aggressive, and Honda is on the forefront of this motion. The corporate has vowed to have 100% zero-emission car gross sales by 2040. However clearly, they’re having some enjoyable alongside the way in which. This little e-bike is each sensible and gratifying to pilot. Its motto is “Suits In; Stands Out.”

Motocompo Backstory

The unique Motocompo was launched in 1981, coincidentally the identical yr that I used to be born. It was supplied in three completely different colours and was powered by a 49cc air-cooled, two-stroke engine. It was rated at 2.5 horsepower and was a single-speed automated. A part of the modern packaging revolved round how the Motocompo could possibly be stowed at the back of a Honda Metropolis hatchback automotive.

The thought behind the bite-sized bike was all the time to supply a “first-mile, last-mile” resolution. In different phrases, maybe somebody’s commute begins at residence however requires a mix of car, practice, or bus connections along with strolling or biking a number of blocks to a last vacation spot. The Motocompo supplied the mobility that folks wanted to shut the hole on their journey.

The New Motocompacto

Whereas it’d appear to be an Apple charging gadget, this scooter’s packaging is all a part of its sensible design. When collapsed, it seems about like a briefcase and it weighs about 40 kilos.

An electrical motor provides this bike propulsion for 12 zero-emission miles per cost, and it maxes out at 15 miles per hour. It comes with a typical charger that’s stowed on-board. Pricing is ready at $995 retail, and the scooter will be ordered by way of Acura sellers, Honda sellers, or on-line.

I took supply of my Motocompacto at Acura of Tempe, Arizona. The method was rather a lot simpler than shopping for a automotive. I picked up the field on the Components counter, paid on the cashier by way of debit card, and proceeded to unbox it proper then and there. The method was simple, and there was no meeting required. The one trick was determining the collection of clamps, pins, and twists to get the handlebars pivoted out, the seat put in, and the again tire prolonged out for driving mode. Anybody can determine it out.

In fact, I needed to outfit the scooter with some customized “Sort S” therapy and a few stick-on Acura badges only for enjoyable. The cool factor concerning the Motocompacto is that it’s (fairly actually) a clean (plastic) canvas. There are a great deal of alternatives to customise the look – from full wraps, to decals, to Sharpie graffiti in case you so want. The sky is the restrict.

The driving expertise is simple to determine. There’s a throttle on the correct handgrip, a brake on the left handgrip, and a small digital show within the heart that exhibits pace, drive mode, headlight standing, and voltage. My Motocompacto got here with a few 50% battery cost, so I used to be capable of rip it across the car parking zone slightly proper off the bat. There are two pace modes, the “max” of which is able to get you to fifteen miles per hour fairly swiftly. A kickstand makes it handy to retailer the scooter when not in use.

Future Plans

This scooter was way more of a “need” than a necessity, in my case. It will likely be a enjoyable toy to have round for family and friends who’re visiting and wish to attempt it out. It might additionally turn out to be useful for the occasional neighborhood errand, and it will likely be a blast to take with me to automotive exhibits and occasions to device round parking tons in. I might be racking up miles very quickly.

I simply must get ahold of a helmet and another security gear now! Now that I give it some thought, it will be enjoyable to pair up a brand new Motocompacto with a classic gas-powered Motocompo for some drag races to see which one is quicker! I’ll report again on how my expertise goes with this little machine.


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