16 new motorcycles per year: Kawasaki will electrify itself by 2035

Not only has the heavy industry group Kawasaki spun off its motorcycle division, the two-wheeler manufacturer is also relying on electrified drives for the future. By 2025, the Japanese want to bring an average of 16 new motorcycles onto the market every year.

The motorcycle division Kawasaki Motors Ltd., newly spun off from the Japanese heavy industry group Kawasaki Heavy Industries. presented her future plans in Japan. According to CEO Hiroshi Ito, the newly founded two-wheeler group is focusing on sustainable growth with a flexible model strategy and, as a long-term goal, climate neutrality. The Japanese want to achieve the latter with a focus on hybrid and electric drives as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen. In addition to motorcycles, the new company also produces four-wheeled off-road vehicles and jet skis.

However, Kawasaki also wants to use partially electrified drives in its new models.

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By 2025 alone, Kawasaki plans to introduce an average of 16 new motorcycles a year. Ten of the planned innovations are to have a battery-electric or an electrified gasoline drive. Five off-road vehicles that run on “advanced fuels” are also planned by 2025. By 2035, all core models sold in Japan and other western markets should have an electric or electrified drive.

The growth strategy also includes innovations in other areas. Kawasaki also wants to focus on accompanying technologies such as artificial intelligence, the integration of radar solutions and the integration of connectivity technologies in its vehicles.