Honda Motocompacto set to hit roads starting November 2023
Japanese automobile giant Honda Motor Company has announced that its sleek and potent Motocompacto electric scooter (e-scooter) is set to reach pre-order holders in November this year, ushering in an era of exciting two-wheeled adventures like never before.
The Honda Motocompacto’s name resonates with those familiar with the Japanese brand's foldable gas-powered scooter, the Motocompo, that ruled the roads in the 1980s. Designed to be incredibly compact and easy to ride, the upcoming personal mobility solution spans 38.1 inches in length, 17.2 inches in width, and 35 inches in height. It has a wheelbase of 29.2 inches.
When folded, the emissions-free, environment-friendly compact e-scooter measures merely 29.2 inches in length, 3.7 inches in width, and 21.1 inches in height. The handlebars, rear wheel, seat and stand at one side of it neatly fold into a rectangle for straightforward storage. With a weight of merely 41.3 pounds, seat height of 24.5 inches, peak power output of 490 watts (approx. 0.6 hp and 11.8 pound-feet of torque, the compact e-scooter offers an efficient option for those who might be looking for a battery-powered, full-of-fun personal mobility solution.
Honda’s official website for the Motocompacto states, “Discover truly sophisticated portability and functional design for any version of you, anywhere you’re going. Earning a category all its own, Motocompacto is personal mobility designed like a dream. It fits perfectly into compact spaces, dynamic commutes, and individual styles.”
Despite its compact and attractive form factor, the Motocompacto is designed for last-mile commuting and low-speed travel. Attempting to run this small wheeled-mobility solution at high speeds would obviously be quite uncomfortable. Thus, the top speed of this e-scooter has been pegged at a modest 15 miles per hour (mph), and the manufacturer estimates a range of around 12 miles on a full charge of the battery.
When it comes to acceleration, it takes 7 seconds to sprint from zero to 15 mph. To get fully charged, it takes up to three and a half hours with the help of a standard household plug. The small EV is rated to carry a maximum weight capacity of up to 265 pounds, which is quite impressive. The first hint about this compact EV had emerged in November last year, with the unveiling of a trademarked Honda Motocompacto logo design.
When it comes to its availability and pricing in the U.S. market, the Motocompacto will be available through a dedicated website and authorized Honda and Acura dealerships starting in November 2023. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for this compact e-scooter is set at $995.
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