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This article was published on November 30, 2021

Kawasaki is keeping way too quiet about its 3 electric motorbikes coming in 2022

Can we see them already?!

Kawasaki is keeping way too quiet about its 3 electric motorbikes coming in 2022
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

Kawasaki may not have yet a single electric motorcycle in its lineup but, hey, it did announce last month that it’ll go all-electric for traditional Western markets and Japan by 2035. 

And things seems to be going in the right direction already, as the company’s CEO Hiroshi Ito confirmed the launch of three electric motorbikes as early as 2022. 

Speaking at the 2021 EICMA Motor Show, Ito said:

I would like to share a new commitment with you now: Next year in 2022, we will show a minimum of three electric vehicles globally. That is a promise.

And while we held our breath, waiting for him to take the cover off one of the two concealed motorcycles standing behind him — what a glorious unveiling that’d have been — we were faced with disappointment.

There was no electric model under the wraps — not even a concept version.

Kawasaki CEO EICMA
Hiroshi Ito speaking to the crowd. Credit: EICMA

So we’re stuck with the few details we know from 2019, when Kawasaki showcased an electric prototype through a video release.

 

The video features an interview with Yoshimoto Matsuda, Kawasaki R&D’s senior manager of the Innovation Department, and here’s a (very) small list of the specs we could gather: 

  • Its exterior is similar to the Ninja 650 model
  • It features an unspecified powertrain on which the company has been working since the early 2000s
  • There’s a thumb-activated regenerative braking lever
  • It has a CHAdeMO charging connector

Yep, that’s pretty much all the information we have for you from that clip.

The models that were actually revealed

Kawasaki did unveil three new conventional motorcycles as part of its 2022 lineup:

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and SE

2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE
Credit: Kawasaki

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 and 650 LT 

2022 Kawasaki Versys 650
Credit: Kawasaki

The 2022 KLX 230 and 230SE 

2022 Kawasaki KLX 230
Credit: Kawasaki

Perhaps we can expect the same design language for the upcoming electric motorcycles as well — maybe from the Ninja range? At least 2022 is arriving soon enough, and I hope we won’t be left guessing for too long.

You can watch Kawasaki’s press conference at the Motor Show here.

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