At this month’s EICMA show, Kawasaki displayed its hotly anticipated electric motorcycle project – stripping off its fairing and offering the chance to get under the skin of its latest concept machine. And now a video has appeared which shows the bike testing out on track.
In the video, Yoshimoto Matsuda, Senior Manager Innovation Department Research and Development Division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, explains that Kawasaki has been working on the technology under the skin of its EV Project since the early 2000s.
If you keep a close eye on MoreBikes – you’ll have no doubt spotted our reports on the raft of patents filed by the Japanese factory over the last few years. We’ve seen chassis patents, powertrain patents, transmission patents and regenerative braking patents – and told you time and time again that Kawasaki was gearing up to reveal an electric motorcycle. And now it has.
It’s a bit of a departure from the rest of the electric motorcycle market though – employing a chain drive and four-speed gearbox to help provide a familiar riding experience for motorcyclists. But the bike’s not going into production just yet. Kawasaki has said that it will instead be used to inform and influence its future electric machines. But we’re quietly hoping a production version of the Ninja 650-inspired electric machine makes it to market sooner rather than later.
HERE’S A RANGE OF PATENT STORIES WHICH DELVE DEEPER INTO KAWASAKI’S EV PROJECT. TO CHECK THEM OUT, CLICK HERE.
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