Kawasaki has always been known to blast the future of motorcycles. I mean, it’s the only brand out there right now that sells a supercharged bike for only $60,000 with 230 horsepower. So when she sets her sights on changing herself for the future of two-wheeled riding, she won’t be ignoring the effort. In an announcement delivered in Tokyo on October 6th, the company made some shaky announcements.
As part of a “brief discussion of business policy,” the company dropped some very important news. Obviously, the company will be launching ten new electric or electric vehicles between now and 2025, which is a really short amount of time to launch ten new products. Even more, the company pledges that it will only manufacture electric motorcycles for traditional Western markets and Japan by 2035. This includes Australia, North America and all of Europe. It doesn’t specifically say that this is limited to motorcycles, so expect electric, hybrid, side-by-side and jet skis to join the list as well.
Unfortunately, the discussion was in Japanese and I don’t speak it, so I’m relying on reports from Raid Apart And Nikki Asia News for the source of this news. If you speak Japanese, by all means, please watch the video below and confirm in the comments.
It is fair to say that I am a fan of electric motorcycles, and having more of them on the market could be a good thing. As brands continue to develop motor and battery technology, products will continue to improve. I would really like to see an electric ninja in the next few years, and certainly wouldn’t ignore an electric adventurer in KLR. We may not have been many years away from the battery-only H2R lap time monster. Time will tell.
Kawasaki has pledged that it will eventually phase out all petrol-only vehicles, but has not set a date for that yet. This will largely depend on the development of the charging infrastructure in the developing world. It will be difficult to fully electrify Kawasaki’s products in places like India, rural China and Africa in the next 13 years, but once the infrastructure is in place and market acceptance is there, the company claims it will.
I, for example, welcome our new green electric masters.