First Look: Kawasaki Electric Concept
Kawasaki hit 2019 EICMA with a number of interesting items, but I think the most notable entry may be the sleeper-hit of the year; the EV Project. That’s right sports fans, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is showing us that they are looking at displaced-carbon/electric motorcycles, and the “Electric Concept” gives us our first glimpse of what the concept is like moving forward.
Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology
Kawasaki has finally spoken up. For a long time, the Japanese Green Team has been silent about their electric plans, despite being poked by the media a gazillion times. OK, for a moment of honesty here. The manufacturer had unveiled an electric Tron-ish concept bike - the Kawasaki J-Concept back in 2014, and again in 2018. A truly far-fetched idea, but nothing for the current bunch of masses. Now though, they is something cooking up.
Tethered to the elements of a Ninja 300 and a Ninja 650, Kawasaki showcased an electric powertrain concept at the recently concluded EICMA, 2019. While they released a video featuring the Ninja 300 EV pacing on the tracks, the Ninja 650 EV’s bones bolted with the electric powertrain was the attractive element at the Kawasaki stall during the unveiling of six new machines for the 2020 lineup.
After Yamaha, Kawasaki is high on three wheels
We saw Yamaha’s fancy new Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) launched at the 45th Tokyo International Motor show last year. A stunning three-wheeled machine called the Niken which is based on the hugely popular MT-09 platform.
Crazy as it might sound, it looks like the Niken is slowly feeling the heat of the competition. And it is coming from none other than its green nemesis, Kawasaki with a new electric-powered concept.
Coming hot on the heels of Yamaha acquiring leaning front-end technology from the Norway-based Brudeli Tech Holding AS this week, Kawasaki has teased the J concept motorcycle/three-wheeler in all seriousness. And it comes with an “Attack mode.”
Electric vehicles have become the rage these days and as the world continues to evolve into a more sustainable one, automakers and motorcycle manufacturers are all beginning to understand that the future does lie in these electric vehicles. You know things are getting serious when a company like Harley-Davidson is getting in on the electric motorcycle act.
Apparently, so is Kawasaki, or at least that’s what these patents for an electric motorcycle seems to suggest. Looking at the sketches really won’t tell you much about Kawasaki’s plans, although the rear section does show a rising tail. It’s possible that this could be a sportsbike, although I’m not quite sure how Yamaha will build a sportsbike while lugging that rather beefy looking battery pack with it.
But I’m willing to bet that Kawasaki has some plans up its sleeve that none of us are privy to. It used a similar strategy with the Ninja H2 and H2R, playing coy up to the point that it blitzed the business with the radicalness of the two superbikes.
Should we expect the same thing for this supposed electric motorcycle? I can’t tell you that at the moment, but if Kawasaki takes the pulse of the industry, it’s going to know what it has to do to join in on all the electric motorcycle fun.
Hey, if Harley-Davidson did it, why not Kawasaki?
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