At EICMA 2022, Kawasaki unveiled the fully electric Ninja E-1 and Z E-1, although most hardware, specifications, and features were not made public yet. The specifications of these two entry-level e-bikes just released by the company are similar to some of the sporty e-scooters introduced in India.
- The battery takes 3.7 hours for a full charge.
- Provide a riding range of 72 km in Eco mode.
- The battery pack weighs 11.5kg and is removable.
Kawasaki Ninja e-1, Z e-1 specification details
Both electric bikes have two removable lithium-ion battery packs, each with a capacity of 1.5kWh. Each battery takes 3.7 hours to charge; the total charging time is 7.4 hours. However, you can use multiple chargers to charge each one separately. A battery pack powers a motor, producing 5 kW continuous and 9 kW peak power.
The Ninja E-1 is said to have a top speed of “about 52 mph” (84 kph) in top road riding mode, while the Z E-1 has a slightly lower top speed of “about 49 mph” (79 Kilometers per hour). The top speeds for the Ninja and Z in Low Eco mode are “about 37 mph” (60 kph) and “about 35 mph” (56 kph), respectively.
Additionally, an e-Boost feature runs for 15 seconds at a time, giving you extra power in cases like fast overtaking. With this, the Ninja’s top speed increases to “about 65 mph” (105 kph) in Road mode and “about 45 mph” (72 kph) in Eco mode. The Z’s top speed increases to “about 65 mph” (105 kph) in Road mode and to “about 42 mph” (68 kph) in Eco mode.
If the SOC drops below 35 percent, the motorcycles will automatically enter Eco mode and turn off the e-Boost feature.
Kawasaki Ninja e-1, Z e-1 hardware and parts
Despite having different body shapes, the Ninja E-1 and Z E-1 are built on the same platform as the ICE Ninja 400 and Z400, with both bikes sharing many components. The battery pack is hidden inside a steel tubular frame supported by a mono-shock and 41mm telescopic fork.
Dual-channel ABS is standard on the 290mm front and 220mm rear discs, which are responsible for providing braking power. Front and rear tire sizes are 100/80-17 and 130/70-17, respectively, and both have a comfortable seat height of 790 mm. The naked Z e-1 weighs 135 kg, and the fully-fired Ninja e-1 weighs 140 kg.
Kawasaki Ninja e-1, Z e-1 features
Kawasaki Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 bikes have similar features, including a color TFT dashboard with Bluetooth connectivity for information and navigation. Like all e-scooters, the bike has a walk mode that lets you take it forward or backward at three kilometers per hour. These electric vehicles have a small 5-liter storage, as seen in the Tork Kratos R.
Kawasaki Ninja e-1, Z e-1 India launch
Kawasaki has not officially confirmed whether these motorcycles will come to India. However, Kawasaki often offers a significant portion of its extensive bike lineup in India. Recently, the company introduced the unique and incredibly expensive Ninja ZX-4R. Thus, there is little probability that the company will consider these bikes for India. However, this will mainly depend on Kawasaki’s ability to control the price.