motocompo, the iconic 1981 collapsible Honda mini bike, goes electric and becomes motoEcompo.
In the summer of 2016 Simone bought an original Honda motocompo in Daegu. Unfortunately after a short run, the oil pump of the 50cc 2-stroke engine stopped running and spare parts were hard to find: therefore the decision was to abandon petrol and go electric! Two-stroke engines are particularly nasty with the environment, due to the burning of oil-gas mix fuel. Since the motocompo was introduced as a smart mobility solution for commuters, sold by Honda to fit the City car and used for the “last-mile” commute, an electric conversion would celebrate the roots for the new standards of ecology. Recycling the valuable retro-design with a contemporary 48 volt, power unit. Less tar, Same flavor!
The project started with the stripping of the bike, revealing the beautiful proportions and smart solutions, removing all combustion-engine parts and proceeding with the modification of the original chassis in order to accommodate batteries and a new in-wheel power unit. The new functioning EV motoEcompo, is currently on display at the Coffee Society exhibition at Culture Station 284 in Seoul.
The motoEcompo is a project led by Simone Carena, developed for the IDAS SDE Ecology & Sustainable Design Class, with the support of the "Design Engineering Postgraduate Schools" program, a R&D project initiated by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea.