Kawasaki showcases electric and hybrid prototypes at Suzuka ahead of EICMA debut

Kawasaki previewed its electric and hybrid models at Japan’s legendary Suzuka circuit. (Image: RideApart)

While most major two-wheeler manufacturers are still conceptualizing battery-powered technologies, Kawasaki has shown that it has a head start in the electric vehicle arena. While the company has already showcased its hybrid-electric motorcycles to the world with plans dating back to late 2020 (just a year after its all-electric prototype launched at EICMA 2019), the company took the world by surprise by presenting near-production versions of the two electric platforms on the legendary Suzuka circuit in Japan.

Kawasaki hit the racetrack with its two new prototypes giving fans a preview, as well as a listen, of the new electric-assisted two-wheelers. The smaller standard bike shown was seen with Z range styling with the company’s electric-only motor, while the other model featured Ninja range styling with Hybrid EV (HEV) technology.

Kawasaki Electric Prototype
Kawasaki is likely to launch its all-electric bike at EICMA 2022. (Image: RideApart)

The Z range of electric-only bikes were seen zipping past the pits with an audible electric hum. It was shortly followed by the Ninja range hybrid prototype which looks vastly improved thanks to its twin-chopper setup. The HEV logo planted on the model’s side fascia is a bold hint of the bike’s hybrid powertrain which would also have made a slight whirr from its electric motor and as soon as the rider opened the throttle, the internal combustion engine was spear. equipment as the bike passed the bleachers.

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While this preview of the model made the company’s progress with these bikes obvious, unfortunately, Kawasaki has yet to roll out official tech specs for the bikes. However, reports revealing VIN decoder information have hinted that the entry-level all-electric Kawasaki could push power to around 15 horsepower. If this bike were to go into production, that would make it comparable in performance to the company’s Z125.

Kawasaki is most likely to find out the details of these bikes later in the year around EICMA 2022. These models could also come to the Indian market since Kawasaki has a tradition of launching the majority of its products in India.
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