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Kawasaki's plans for electric mobility

The prototype of Kawasaki's first electric motorcycle
The prototype of Kawasaki's first electric motorcycle

What are Kawasaki's plans for electric mobility? In this series of articles, we have collected the motorcycles and projects on which the main motorcycle manufacturers are working and their programs until 2030.

Kawasaki's plans for electric mobility - It's official, the electric motorcycle revolution is coming, albeit quietly, and all the major motorcycle manufacturers have an electric mobility plan. The phenomenon has started for a while, but in 2022 the whole market is taking hold more decisively. At the moment the sales are driven by scooters and motorcycles equivalent to 125cc and 50cc with thermal engines, but in the coming years also the sales of electric motorcycles will be increasing.
Convincing motorcyclists that zero-emission riding can offer the same thrills as current combustion engine bikes is no easy task. At the moment, two-wheeled vehicles with electric propulsion will represent around 4% of the European market in 2022, much less than in the automotive sector. However, this share has more than doubled compared to 2021, thanks to new models with performance similar to those with traditional propulsion, and to the eco-incentives present in some European countries.
This is a figure that will continue to grow as public perception - and laws - continue to move towards a greener future, with the next two years seeing some major motorcycle manufacturers enter the electric mobility market; let's see which ones.

The Kawasaki hybrid HEV
The Kawasaki hybrid HEV

The future electric motorcycles of the world's leading manufacturers: KAWASAKI

Kawasaki has announced plans to gradually replace its internal combustion engine range with alternative models over the next decade, with the launch of ten new eco-friendly models between now and 2025. The first of these models was unveiled at Intermot. 2022 in full form; it is a small electric naked bike equivalent to the Z250. At the moment Kawasaki has not released technical information on what will be the basis for a bike that will be produced by the Japanese manufacturer. In addition to electric propulsion, Kawasaki has also been working on a hybrid powertrain. The prototype is similar to the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and could offer reluctant riders a bridging solution to all-electric riding. Kawasaki is also studying hydrogen-based solutions which, however, will not have applications in the short term, especially due to the high cost of producing hydrogen from renewable sources.

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