The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has announced that by the year 2035, it will only sell electric motorcycles in developed countries.
The timeline is one of the farthest set for a shift to electric vehicles, and the commitment leaves room for the continued sale of gas-powered motorcycles in developing countries.
But it represents a major promise from the company, which has yet to put a single production electric motorcycle on the road.
We only learned of Kawasaki’s electric motorcycle aspirations two years ago when the company unveiled an electric motorcycle concept at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show.
It confirmed what we had learned from patent applications filed by Kawasaki, in which the motorcycle manufacturer appeared to be playing around with an electric Ninja 400 featuring swappable batteries.
At the time of the EICMA unveiling, we could tell the electric bike prototype was based on a Kawasaki Ninja, but had very