Suzuki’s Going Green

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The manufacturer has plans for eight electric vehicles by 2030 – and is throwing investment at e-fuel technology, too.

The news that Suzuki’s getting serious about green technology should come as no surprise. The Japanese firm has been gradually revealing its plans over the last few months, but with the unveiling of its new ‘growth strategy’ we’ve finally got a few more details.

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Like we said, no surprises here – particularly when you consider that Suzuki’s announcement that it was leaving the MotoGP paddock in 2022 was partly due to it focusing more of its resources on developing alternative power solutions to replace its traditional internal combustion engines.The big news is that Suzuki has now confirmed plans to have eight electric powered two-wheelers on the market by 2030, with the first one set to be introduced in 2024. Although details are still a little hazy, the firm has made it clear that its initial battery-powered machine will sit in the ‘small-to-mid-capacity’ range and will be likely aimed at commuters.

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That’s not all. Suzuki’s now made it clear that it’s only going to looking at electric for some of its bikes and scooters. A press release from the firm confirms that ‘for large motorcycles for leisure purposes, Suzuki is considering adopting carbon neutral fuels’.

Maybe leaving MotoGP wasn’t such a good idea after all, when you consider that the top flight of racing has just announced that it’ll begin using part-non-fossil fuels from 2024, and non-fossil fuel from 2027. That said, Suzuki’s a big player with plenty of resources, and while it’s been looking into electric for its ‘smaller’ mobility machines, outboard motors and cars (with its first battery-powered four-wheeler also on the way in 2024), it’s already hard at work exploring CNG, biogas and ethanol-mixed fuels as alternatives to fossil fuels.

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