- The motorcycle is equipped with a large L-shaped battery pack
- Kawasaki also patented a new e-bike design earlier this year
- The Japanese brand may introduce ram air-intake technology on its electric motorcycles
- Kawasaki Motorcycles is also working on Battery Swap technology
The patent images surfaced online shows the Kawasaki Ninja 300 equipped with a large upside-down battery pack and an electric motor. As reported earlier, Kawasaki Motorcycles also patented an e-bike design equipped with ram air-intake technology and a clutch transmission. Kawasaki had made a distance from the EV space in the past when the rivals were showcasing their electric concepts and even proper production-ready products. But, the recent images narrate a different story altogether as the above-mentioned patent was filed way back in 2013.
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It means that the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer was working on its EV product and technology for a long time back. The images stress more on the electric motor and the battery pack instead of the motorcycle, this leads to the speculation that Ninja 300 is being used as an illustration only. Kawasaki and other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are also expected to join hands to set unified standards for electric motorcycles.
The images also show a swappable battery technology to make its way on the Kawasaki's electric motorcycles, but it cannot be said how the battery swapping process will be done. Battery swapping technology is a necessity as today's electric motorcycles do not have greater range. A number of startups in the EV space are already running pilot projects to test the efficiency of battery swapping.
For the update, Kawasaki Ninja 300 is powered by a liquid-cooled, parallel twin, 296 cc, DOHC motor. The fuel-injected motor makes 38 bhp of power and 27 Nm of torque and it is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Global brands are trying to make their mark in the EV space and a number of startups are also working on their prototypes. Governments are also drafting new guidelines to aide the manufacturers. Future is electric for sure.