Kawasaki launches latest electric motorcycle models in the UK
Japanese motorcycle maker Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. has launched its latest electric motorcycles, the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1, in the UK. First unveiled at the EICMA show, the most important trade fair event for the entire two-wheel sector, in November 2022, in Milan, Italy, these motorcycles are part of Kawasaki’s broader vision for a carbon-neutral future.
Targeting the 125cc class, the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 are designed for short-distance commuting, aligning with the EU’s A1 license requirements. Both models feature dual removable battery packs, each weighing approximately 12 kg, with a total capacity of 3.0 kWh, wired in parallel for efficient charge usage. These electric motorcycles are powered by a 5 kW brushless motor, with a peak output of 9 kW available on demand.
Kawasaki’s journey into electric mobility began in 2015, marked by patent filings and trademark registrations for names like Ninja E2 and E2R. By 2019, the company confirmed the development of an electric motorcycle. The model’s name, along with other details and footage of the bike in action, was unveiled the following year.
Kawasaki’s carbon neutrality plans include:
- Launching two battery electric vehicle (BEV) models in 2023.
- Introducing hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) motorcycles in 2024.
- Aiming to release hydrogen-fueled motorcycles in the early 2030s.
- Exploring a range of sustainable options, including BEVs, HEVs, hydrogen engines, e-fuel, and bio-fuel.
By 2035, Kawasaki aims for a comprehensive electrification of its motorcycle lineup in markets including Japan, Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, and Australia. This ambitious plan encompasses both fully electric and hybrid models. The company has set a target to roll out at least 10 such motorcycles by 2025.
To symbolise its commitment to a greener future, Kawasaki has introduced a carbon neutral icon, representing its “Go with Green Power” initiative.