TOKYO: Kawasaki has confirmed that the brand is joining the EV (electric vehicle) revolution by officially announcing that an electric motorcycle is on the way.
It follows the footsteps of Harley Davidson with its LiveWire.
In a video demonstrating the speed of the bike, the company's innovation senior manager Yoshimoto Matsuda said that the motorcycle is equipped with a next-generation power unit which has been in the works since the turn of the century.
Like its engine-powered bikes, the electric iteration has been designed in accordance with the company's Rideology philosophy which means that it will be fun to ride.
Of the few specs revealed by the company, it has been confirmed that the motorcycle will have a manual transmission, "performance on par with a mid-size displacement model," and a 100km range.
Matsuda said Kawasaki has been busy patenting technologies for electric bikes over the years like a thumb brake-activated energy recovery system, but he did not confirm whether such components will be present on the concept or not.
In any case, this concept basically functions as a preliminary version of upcoming production models which will no doubt incorporate some of these elements.
After years of development, Kawasaki only revealed that the electric motorcycle will be unveiled in the near future.