It is truly a heart-warming moment for enthusiasts to see the roaring green animals calm down. However, anticipation remains high, as Cool Lightning is set to keep the excitement going. The Japanese manufacturer has officially announced the debut of its first two electric models. The Kawasaki Ninja E-1 and the Kawasaki Z E-1.
Battery and Motor
Both the Kawasaki Ninja E-1 and Z E-1 are equipped with brushless electric motors capable of generating 6.7 bhp, with a maximum output of 12 bhp available on demand. The battery is designed as a removable unit, divided into two parts wired in parallel. This configuration facilitates easy off-bike charging and, if necessary, a quick battery swap.
These electric bikes feature a fully digital TFT instrument console with smartphone connectivity, ABS and two different ride modes Road and Eco. An interesting addition is the e-Boost button, conveniently located next to the throttle, which provides access to a maximum 12 bhp output on demand. This feature takes the e-bike to a top speed of around 100 kmph. It's worth noting that extended use of e-Boost may reduce overall range, which is a common expectation for electric vehicles. Additionally, they offer a walk mode, which allows slow speed in both forward and reverse directions, especially useful for parking maneuvers.
The design of these electric bikes incorporates elements of the Ninja 400 and Z400 models, although with some subtle updates to differentiate them from their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. These models are expected to feature levers in both metallic bright silver and metallic matte lime green, a design scheme that is likely to feature in the upcoming electric lineup.
While pricing details were conspicuously absent from the announcement, the launch is expected to happen soon, even if initially limited to the United Kingdom.
The shift to electric models represents an important step in the evolution of these iconic motorcycles, promising a new era of performance and environmentally conscious riding for Kawasaki enthusiasts.