The Motorcycle Industry Council has developed a new protocol for determining the range of electric motorcycles. The MIC’ had previously established protocol for measuring range in city riding, but the new protocol adds a range test for freeway riding. The “Highway Commuting Range” test is for electric motorcycles capable of a top speed of at […]
Honda Motor Compo: For Those Too Lazy to Walk From the Car to the Front Door
Honda introduced a new electric suitcase-styled scooter concept designed to be small enough to fit in the passenger compartment of a car. (Updated with more high-resolution photos).
The Motor Compo concept was unveiled alongside Honda’s futuristic-looking Micro Commuter Concept electric car at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The Motor Compo’s handlebars fold down, allowing the compact scooter to fit beside the single front driver seat of the Micro Commuter Concept.
The idea is to allow a driver to park his car and then hop onto the Motor Compo to ride from the parking space to the final destination. While that may seem silly to some people (unless you often go to places with massive parking lots), the battery design may be more interesting.
The Motor Compo is powered by a special loop battery that also serves as an auxiliary power source for the Micro Commuter Concept’s air conditioner, sound system and other systems, and can also be used to power devices such as laptop computers. The battery can swap in and out of both the Motor Compo and the Micro Commuter, and looks to be about the size of a netbook computer.
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