• Kawasaki To Go All-Electric by 2035

  • Kawasaki H2 Future hyperbikes will feature the instant torque of an electric motor
  • Kawasaki Z900RS By 2035, this will be retro in more ways than one!
  • Kawasaki Mach 3 Anyone hoping for a return to the joys of two-strokes will be disappointed
  • Kawasaki ZX-10R With the disappearance of petrol engines, will production-based race series be all-electric as well?

First of the big four Japanese manufacturers to commit

Stepped plan sees at least 10 hybrid or electric models by 2025 and no petrol-powered motorcycles by 2035, although there will be hybrid and alternative fuel engines. Is it the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

Kawasaki Will Be All-Electric (Or Hybrid) By 2035

Kawasaki To Go All-Electric by 2035
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Kawasaki H2
Future hyperbikes will feature the instant torque of an electric motor

It’s the most significant statement in motorcycling so far: the first of its kind in the motorcycling industry, following on from similar statements from many car manufacturers.

Kawasaki President Hiroshi Ito has announced in a speech that the company plans to have at least 10 hybrid and electric vehicles on the market by 2025 and that, by 2035, there will be no bikes powered solely by internal combustion engines burning petrol.

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Kawasaki Z900RS
By 2035, this will be retro in more ways than one!

Kawasaki has been conducting research on responsible fuel sources for a while now so it is unlikely that the whole range will be solely electric. Instead it is likely to be a mix of electric, hybrid and perhaps hydrogen-powered bikes.

Kawasaki To Go All-Electric by 2035
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Kawasaki Mach 3
Anyone hoping for a return to the joys of two-strokes will be disappointed

With the UK and Europe planning on banning the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles by 2035, Kawasaki’s planned timing would fit in with that. While not alone among motorcycle manufacturers, Kawasaki is the first to come right out and say that petrol does not have a place in its future and to put a definite time stamp on that.

Kawasaki To Go All-Electric by 2035
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Kawasaki ZX-10R
With the disappearance of petrol engines, will production-based race series be all-electric as well?

While the banning of the sale of new petrol-powered cars and bikes is nothing we didn’t already know, it is something we are going to have to get used to sooner rather than later. It’s time to stop putting off the day when you buy that new motorcycle!

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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