Kawasaki’s Electric Motorcycle Concept At EICMA

Kawasaki plans to enter the electric motorcycle segment soon.

The battery is housed within a familiar trellis chassis, similar to those used in the Z and Ninja lines.
The battery is housed within a familiar trellis chassis, similar to those used in the Z and Ninja lines.Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki had a lot to show off during this year’s EICMA show in Milan, including the new Z H2, the W800, and revisions to popular models like the Ninja 650. Among the torrent of news from Italy came another revelation from the Japanese brand: An electric motorcycle concept.

Kawasaki has been testing its EV concept for years.
Kawasaki has been testing its EV concept for years.Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine Company President Yuji Horiuchi took the stage to announce the news.

“We have focused on the riding sensation during road testing combining an electric power source—which enables a high level of flexibility in torque and power delivery—with gear-shifting capability,” Horiuchi explained. “The result is a machine delivering good rider feeling in line with our overall mission of Rideology.”

There are currently no plans to add an electric motorcycle to Kawasaki’s lineup in the near future.
There are currently no plans to add an electric motorcycle to Kawasaki’s lineup in the near future.Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Horiuchi emphasized that Kawasaki has been conducting research for an electric vehicle project for years, with a particular focus on developing a midsize machine with more elements familiar to gas-powered motorcycle riders than other bikes currently available. Having a gear-shift capability, for example, will be a notable differentiator. Kawasaki states that the concept is equipped with a clutch and four-speed gearbox.

Kawasaki shows what its been up to at EICMA.
Kawasaki shows what its been up to at EICMA.Kawasaki Heavy Industries

The concept machine is comparable to the Ninja 650 in size, with Kawasaki road suspension and a trellis chassis similar to those used in the brand’s Z and Ninja lines. Its battery can be quickly recharged by way of a CHAdeMo-style charging system, and the power output is claimed to be around 20kW during acceleration and 10kW while cruising. Kawasaki says range is around 62 miles between charges.

A four-speed gearbox and clutch set this EV concept apart from many of the machines currently on the market.
A four-speed gearbox and clutch set this EV concept apart from many of the machines currently on the market.Kawasaki Heavy Industries

So it’s not going to win any power or performance contests, but that’s no matter for the time being because according to Horiuchi, there are no plans to add this EV bike to the lineup for the foreseeable future. The tests and development work are contributing to a better understanding of the growing segment, however, and are allowing Kawasaki to find “many more avenues to explore to expand the excitement of control on two wheels.”

Lessons learned here will be implemented on Kawasaki electric vehicles in the future.
Lessons learned here will be implemented on Kawasaki electric vehicles in the future.Kawasaki Heavy Industries