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This Real, Foldable EV Scooter Concept Redefines Compact Urban Mobility

Back in the 80s, Honda produced a folding trunk bike known as the Motocompo. Intended as an innovative means of personal urban mobility, it was designed to fit in the back of a Japanese subcompact. However, despite Honda’s aspirations for the little scooter — the automaker even designed a car specifically for its storage — it never really took off at the time.

These days, the Motocompo is something of a cult classic, and its influence knows no bounds. Take, for instance, the Spacebar concept by Indonesian-based design firm Katalis. At first glance, it’s easy to see the influence behind the design. With its rectangular body and its foldaway peripherals, the scooter is a clear call-back to the Motocompo of old. However, it’s much more than a retro redux. Powered by a 1200W electric motor and mounted with a pair of cargo racks fore and aft, it makes for a new take on an old favorite. And when you consider that it’s been specifically designed for winding through busy rush hour traffic, it’ll be the perfect ride for youngsters ripping around Jakarta.

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