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First images 100% electric Kawasaki naked!

October 5, 2022

Kawasaki’s top executive

The presentation of the electric Kawasaki took place on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The EV model – one of Kawasaki’s possible future models – was first seen in action at the 8 Hours of Suzuka. The presentation was part of an extended speech by Masaya Tsuruno, Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe.

Electric prototype Kawasaki

According to Tsuruno, the electric prototype forms the basis of a future electric motorcycle. For petrolheads, there is still hope: according to the top executive, internal combustion engines will remain a priority for the foreseeable future as well, especially since these engines can also be suitable for E-fuel and biofuels. Hydrogen technology is also being considered.

Kawasaki Z400

Specifications of the electric Kawasaki have unfortunately not been shared. In any case, the prototype is of the naked type. The machine looks suspiciously like a Kawasaki Z400. The drive unit is particularly compact and looks clean. The “tank” is also smaller than before. Presumably the “tank” is where the charging point will be installed.

More details about Kawasaki’s electric motorcycle will follow soon, as the Japanese manufacturer hopes to present at least three electric models by the end of 2022.

Own development

Kawasaki is developing its own electric models. In fact, brands such as Honda, Yamaha, Piaggio and KTM are joining forces to develop a platform for electric motorcycles. They have established the
Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium