In a nutshell: Honda has introduced a modern e-scooter that draws inspiration from a design first seen more than 40 years ago. The new Motocompacto is an all-electric take on the Motocompo, a compact scooter produced by Honda from 1981 through 1983. The original was foldable and designed to fit in the truck of subcompact Hondas, with a design that was truly unique even for the early 80s.
Honda's latest scooter features a soft seat, secure foot pegs, a digital speedometer, integrated storage, a charge gauge, and a carrying handle. It boasts a maximum speed of 15 mph, 11.8 lb-ft of torque, and a range of up to 12 miles, and can be fully charged in 3.5 hours using a standard 110v plug that can be stowed onboard.
The new Motocompacto measures 29.2 in x 21.1 in x 3.7 when folded (38.1 in x 35.0 in x 17.2 in unfolded and ready to ride mode) and weighs 41.3 pounds. It's not exactly light, but is far more portable than the original Motocompo which tipped the scales at 99 pounds wet. A companion smartphone app can connect to the scooter via Bluetooth and allow you to adjust settings including ride modes and lighting.
Honda says it is ideal for quickly getting around cityscapes or college campuses, and is a great first- and last-mile solution.
Nick Ziraldo, project lead and design engineering unit leader at Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, said the scooter was designed with durability and security in mind. It uses a heat-treated aluminum frame and wheels as well as a bright LED headlight and taillight, side reflectors and had a steel lock loop welded on that is compatible with most bike locks.
What are your thoughts? If I weren't already familiar with the early 80s Motocompo, I'd question why anyone would want to ride around on something resembling an oversized credit card. Either way, nostalgia is real and you can bet Honda is banking on that to sell a solid percentage of units.
Honda's Motocompacto goes on sale this November priced at $995 and will be available to order online and at your local Acura or Honda dealer.