In an exciting reveal at the EICMA 2022 trade show in Milan, Kawasaki introduced a new electric motorcycle designed specifically for A1 license riders in the EU. And now, the company has announced that two models of the Ninja electric bike will be available for purchase in the UK starting next month.
However, for those anticipating a powerful electric version of the iconic Ninja, there may be some disappointment. The two entry-level bikes will join Kawasaki’s existing line of Ninja 125 and Ninja Z125 models.
The first model, named “Sugomi” Z e-1, is a naked bike design, while the second model, the e-1, features a fully cowled design. Both models are equipped with a 5-kW brushless motor within a trellis chassis, which can reach a peak power output of 9 kW for short bursts. Additionally, they are powered by parallel-wired dual Li-ion batteries that have been specifically designed for enhanced charge usage efficiency.
A charging socket is conveniently located under the seat, allowing riders to connect to an external charger. Alternatively, a charging dock can be used to charge one battery at a time. Unfortunately, specific details about the per-charge range have not been provided.
What these electric models lack in power, they make up for in ease of use. The bikes offer a gearless “twist and go” riding experience, allowing riders to effortlessly switch between eco and road modes. And for those seeking an extra boost of power, a short burst of e-boost can provide a top speed of 99 km/h (61.5 mph). Furthermore, a walk mode is available in both forward and reverse for added convenience when parking.
Additional features include a TFT dash with smartphone connectivity, allowing riders to stay connected on the go. The electric bikes are also equipped with “400cc motorcycle class ABS brakes” and will feature distinctive EV livery in silver and green.
Although pricing details have not been disclosed, eager UK riders can expect to get their hands on these electric models starting next month.
Source: Kawasaki UK
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