Patents filed by Kawasaki earlier this month reveal a compact hybrid motorcycle unit.
Kawasaki’s recent patent filings show their continues progress towards a hybrid motorcycle. The company has already exposed a teaser video (above) in partly revealing their plans for hybrid motorcycle technology.
Similar to any hybrid vehicle you might think of, the plan is the have the electric motor take over in city speeds and low power needs, and let the ICE engine take its role when driving higher speeds and highways.
The video released by Kawasaki in November 2020, first revealed the mission and plan to move towards a hybrid solution. While having the normal ICE engine for highways and performance driving, the hybrid module, electric motor and battery – will provide more the power while in city environments. For the very first time, we may see a hybrid motorcycle.
This approach is really quite unique as currently no manufacturer offers a hybrid motorcycle. While some traditional manufacturers, the likes of KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha, BMW and Harley-Davidson have recently (some more recently then others) added electric models to their line of offerings. But no manufacturer offers hybrid and Kawasaki will attempt to fill that void.
There are many other (fully) electric motorcycle manufacturers, from across the globe, which already offer their technology for electric mobility. The likes of Zero, CAKE, Energica, NIU, HERO which are some of the bigger names, as well as many more upcoming startup companies.
The burden of proof will be on Kawasaki, if they want to take over the hearts of fans already exposed to electric motorcycle options they have.
The plans for any type of full running line is yet to be announced, but with the huge interest by fans, and the growth in the space Kawasaki will need to execute and deliver on their models. With no prototype the company still has its path ahead to bring the project to fruition.