This report made me smile.
What you see is what you get: A $995 electric Honda scooter that can go 12 miles on one charge, hit 15 mph in seven seconds, and fold into a 41-pound suitcase designed for your average trunk.
Weighing only 41 pounds, the Motocompacto is lightweight enough for almost anyone to carry it. It folds into a neat little rectangle with a sturdy Honda-branded carrying strap and a few grab points, making it easy to maneuver and package in and out of trunks and hatchbacks. It’s smaller than most electric scooters and motorcycles when folded, meaning it can fit in more places. It measures just 29.2 inches long, 3.7 inches deep, and 21.1 inches high when folded up.
All said and done, a seasoned Motocompacto veteran can fold and unfold the bike in about 30 seconds in seven steps. When it’s unfolded, it has a deep storage area where the handlebars normally stow, which has enough space for a college textbook or a 12-pack depending on your college lifestyle ... Like a true Honda, it is also front-wheel drive. There are no physical brakes for the front wheel, using just motor braking to slow the front wheel while using a drum brake for the rear ... it has no form of suspension and uses solid rubber tires.
There's more at the link.
I can see this being a perfectly practical runabout for a city dweller who lives in close proximity to work, shopping, entertainment and the like. They could even carry it on the train or bus with them. It wouldn't be much use to those who, like me, live in small town America and have to drive a ways to get to a larger city to do most of our shopping. Nevertheless, it looks like a lot of fun. I imagine the engineers who designed it had fun, too.
I won't get one, because it simply won't be practical where we live (or, on our budget, affordable). Nevertheless, it amused me to see it. Kudos to Honda for a useful, innovative little project that brings a smile to peoples' faces.
Hmmm . . . I wonder . . . if I towed one of those tiny Honda generators behind it, could I recharge it as I drove, and get close to perpetual motion?