KAWASAKI chiefs have pulled the wraps off the company’s very first bid into the electric motorcycle market with their new concept bike.
At annual EICMA show in Milan, Yuji Horiuchi – President of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine Company – unveiled the new EV.
Revealing that Kawasaki had been conducting research for a number of years, Horiuchi noted that KHI research had so far been based on a mid-capacity style machine with more ‘rider features’ than current EVs in the market.
Sporting the equivalent of 20kW peak and a cruising output of 10kW, the bike has been tested extensively at the Kawasaki-owned Autopolis track in southern Japan as well as in urban areas.
“We have focused on the riding sensation during road testing combining an electric power source – which enables high level of flexibility in torque and power delivery – with gear-shifting capability,” Horiuchi revealed.
“The result is a machine delivering good rider feeling in line with our overall mission of Rideology”.
A compact machine with a size similar to a Ninja 650, the EV uses existing suspension and brakes as well as the same trellis chassis used in many of the Ninja and Z-bike families on the market today.
The 219kg machine also features a battery pack capable of recharging on standard 100-240V domestic supply, as well as an approximate 100km range with a clutch and four speed gearbox.
Modelled simply as a research project, bosses admitted KHI is ‘finding many more avenues to explore to expand the excitement of control on two wheels.’