Kawasaki has given a glimpse of the first electric motorcycle launched worldwide. The prototype was displayed at the Intermot Motorbike trade show in Cologne, Germany. By 2025, Kawasaki intends to offer more than ten electric and hybrid motorcycles.
Kawasaki Electric Motorcycle: Details
When the EV prototype is released to the public, it will be the electric equivalent of the 125cc motorbike and have a straightforward design that won’t scream, “Hey, look, I’m an electric bike!” One can be persuaded to believe that it has a small-capacity combustion engine tucked under some dark body. The design and frame of the EV prototype are very close to that of the Kawasaki Z400.
Per reports of the motorcycle, Kawasaki took the wheels and brakes from the Z300 or the Ninja 300. In light of this, the bodywork, tail, headlamp cluster, and front suspension system of the EV are exact replicas of the Z400. One noticeable modification is the lower hump that Kawasaki can make, as the motorcycle does not require a conventional gas tank.
The technical details about the prototype or the production model are yet to be revealed. The production bike is estimated to be almost identical to the EV prototype.
Masaya Tsuruno, General Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe, discussed the company’s ambitions at Intermot and revealed that the company would introduce three electric motorcycles internationally by the end of 2022. He continued by saying that even though Kawasaki is working on an electric bike, it will not happen. So far, switching to internal combustion engines and considering using e-fuels and biofuels.
Additionally, according to Tsuruno, Kawasaki Motors is actively involved in relationships beyond two-wheelers and aspires to collaborate in the automobile industry.
Kawasaki can reveal its first production EVs, likely at next month’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy.