Honda Motocompacto test drive.

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The Honda Motocompacto is a very small electric “vehicle’ that has the shape of a box when folded. It ends up measuring 29.2 inches long and 21.1 inches wide. And is only 3.7 inches thick.

Out of that box, unfold 2 wheels, a seat, and a handlebar. It has a range of just 12 miles and a top speed of 15MPH. As you can see in the video above, I never got over 4MPH on the short demo at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and that was scary enough. I really have a hard time imagining doing 15MPGH on that thing. There seems to be no suspension at all and ride comfort is non-existent.

It might be scary and uncomfortable, but I think the Motocompacto is a great idea. It fits flat at the bottom of most trucks, or in the storage area under many trunks, and I can see how convenient it could be for very short distances after you park your car. Plus, it’s really wonderful to see a brand like Honda coming up with something original and fun.

At $995, it doesn’t really seem overpriced either.

The Motocompacto, is a remake of the old Honda Motocompo folding scooter. It was produced from 1981 to 1983 and was available with the Honda Today and City models. I am not sure how much of an option the Motocompo was in the early 1980s, but used versions of the classic are currently sold for around $6000.

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