Here’s the next phase of Kawasaki’s electric-engine programme – a complex motorcycle braking-regeneration electrical feed system that the factory has just patented.
It is a set up that will be applied to all of the firm’s electric-powered vehicles coming in the near future.
The idea has now been patented for the first time in a motorcycle-specific document by the huge company. Not only does the application for patent explain the routing for the system’s recoup of power every time the front brake is applied, but also features a side-on illustration of a motorcycle crammed with an electric motor and batteries.
There’s even a drawing showing the regen meter on the electronic dash (item 54 and 55 on the diagram, below) and a thumb brake on the left hand handlebar, the thumb brake will also be linked to the regen system. The plus and minus on the left handlebar grip is to dial in the amount of power fed to the electric motor as required.
We’ve no idea when this tech is likely to hit the bikes we can buy (a fair guess for this sort of timescale once we see the patents is two years) but what this does show is that Kawasaki is serious about being the first to use regenerative braking-fed power back into it’s upcoming electric bike’s batteries, seriously lengthening the amount of use which can be drawn from the no-petrol system.