A couple of weeks ago we ventured the hypothesis that Kawasaki would present its first electric motorcycle at EICMA. Or, rather, hybrid.
In reality, the three novelties unveiled were all with pure heat engine: Ninja H2 SX, Ninja H2 SX SE e Versys 650.
However, in the press conference that preceded the presentation of these innovations, the president and CEO of the new company Kawasaki Motors, Hiroshi Ito, spent the first words precisely for the new technological challenges that have as their objective the reduction of emissions from fossil fuels.
He reiterated that Kawasaki is aiming for one fully electrified production (hybrid and battery) by 2035 and dedicated to advanced markets (i.e. Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and Japan).
It was previously announced that they will arrive ten electric / hybrid models by 2025 and at EICMA Hiroshi Ito promised three novelties already in 2022.
One of these will most likely be the evolution of hybrid prototype based on a Ninja 650 and its twin-cylinder integrated by an electric motor placed above the six-speed gearbox (see below).
The second bike should instead be a pure electric one anticipated by the concept EV Project and before that from the EV Endeavor. But it could also be ATV or side-by-side.
In fact, it is known that there are also Kawasaki programs five four-wheeled vehicles, and off-road vehicles, which will be powered by alternative energy sources.
Kawasaki recently showed the prototype of an engine derived from the supercharged four-cylinder of its own Ninja H2, but powered on hydrogen instead of petrol.
In addition, an agreement with Yamaha for the development of thermal powertrains that will use hydrogen as fuel.
In short, Kawasaki anticipated the Japanese brands and decided to march towards its first range of vehicles with alternative engines to the traditional thermal one.