The Kawasaki Elektrode e-bike makes us wish we were kids again

The electrification of motorcycles is not as smooth as that of four wheels. But we’ve seen many automakers new and old dabble in making electric two-wheelers. Zero Motorcycles is a name that stands out with its impressive range of electric motorcycles. They are rightly called the Tesla of the motorcycle world. But, on the other hand, we’ve also seen Harley-Davidson try to break the norm with the LiveWire electric motorcycle and fail.

Motorcycles are on a narrow path to the “electric revolution” as affordability plays a crucial role here. The Japs know this best and have come together to ensure a sustainable all-electric future with their Gachaco initiative. Although this is currently confined to the east, Kawasaki has taken an individual step to give us a taste of electric vehicles. But it’s not exactly what we expected. The 2023 Kawasaki Elektrode is the first all-electric offering from the Japanese bike maker.

But this is strictly for children. It is a fully electric balance bike that comes with parental controls and can be ridden on and off the roads. The build is tiny but sturdy and looks super cool in the Kawasaki “Team Green” color. While it may not be breakthrough technology, Kawasaki is taking the surest path to electrification. Let’s just say that today’s children are much luckier than adults. Another example of this is with the Tesla Cyberquad for Kids which is already sold out! I guess adults have to accumulate a lot of patience.

The 2023 Kawasaki Elektrode is an electric balance bike for kids under eight.


Kawasaki Elektrode can reach speeds of up to 12.6 mph

The Elektrode may be tiny, but it’s by no means slow (from a child’s perspective!). This little Green packs a 5.1 Ah Li-Ion battery that powers the rear wheel via a direct hub motor. Three power modes are available. Low mode caps the speed at 4.8 mph, Mid mode bumps it up to 7.2 mph, and High mode unleashes it all for a top speed of 12.6 mph.

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A sturdy balance bike that kids can enjoy for up to 2.5 hours

The Elektrode is a sturdy balance bike constructed from aluminum. The battery is cleverly concealed in the midframe, which also takes away from the bike’s ugly appearance. It lacks a suspension unit, but the forks are made of steel for added durability in intense riding situations. It gets 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels wrapped in knobby Duro tires. This configuration helps children with confidence, even off the road.

This bike comes with a single 160mm disc mated to a mechanically actuated caliper at the rear drive wheel. The 250W battery is good for over 150 minutes or around 9 miles of kid-friendly fun time. That translates to about 2.5 hours of runtime with average-sized kids. Interestingly, the battery also takes around 2.5 hours to charge through a standard 110V household outlet.

Kawasaki provides a cable to charge a regular outlet. The battery, however, cannot be replaced. Kawa guarantees a healthy operating time of around 500 charge cycles, after which the pack would lose around 20% of its original capacity. It’s not a disappointment provided the fun and durability it offers.

Visual appeal of Kawasaki Elektrode: Team Green gets tiny here

No matter how small, a Kawasaki will always look cool in the iconic Team Green shade. And the Elektrode here displays a two-tone green-black hue that we dig. “Kawasaki” is written big and bold, so you don’t notice the green at all at first! These knobby tires add to a rugged appeal.

Ergonomics are well-tuned for this 99-pound green bike. The Elektrode is comfortable for children between 37 and 55 inches tall. This is possible with a seat that can be adjusted to reach 16.1 inches in its lowest setting and up to 21.5 inches above the ground at its highest setting.

The handlebar can also be adjusted or replaced with a more suitable handlebar depending on the rider’s requirements. And if we change things right, you and I can ride it too. (Come on! We know you really want this fun machine.)

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Parental protection makes this utility bike safe for children

Kawasaki has also merged this fun little e-bike with increased levels of protection, courtesy of parents. Power modes are password protected and can only be changed when shut down. Parents can keep an eye on the safety of their children. Also, if you forgot to turn off the Elektrode, the system will automatically turn off after 10 minutes of non-use. Turning it back on would require the password again.

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode: Pricing and Availability

The 2023 Kawasaki Elektrode is priced at $1,099 and offers great value for money. This electric balance bike is already listed on Kawasaki’s website, but it’s unclear when it will be available at dealerships. We hope to see kids enjoying their little green machine by the end of this year.

Source: Kawasaki Newsroom

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