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Kawasaki Ninja EV and Z EV Details Revealed in Type Approval Documents
Kawasaki Ninja EV and Z EV Details Revealed in Type Approval Documents
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Kawasaki's foray into the world of electric motorcycles has been highly anticipated since the unveiling of its Ninja EV and Z EV prototypes at EICMA 2022. Now, with progress well underway, Kawasaki has filed type approval documents with Australia's Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts.

Official approval for Kawasaki Heavy Industries Limited was granted on July 31, 2023, and will remain valid until July 30, 2030, unless revoked earlier. The approved models, known as NX011A (variants NR011A and NX011A), are set to become Kawasaki's first production electric motorcycles.


The documents provide some key details about these electric bikes that were not previously disclosed. The motor power is listed at 9 kilowatts, or approximately 12 horsepower. While not exceptionally powerful, it is well-suited for these bikes, designed primarily for commuting and boasting relatively lightweight builds.

Both the Ninja e-1 and the Z e-1 will share the same wheelbase, measuring 1,370 millimeters (approximately 53.9 inches). In terms of weight, the Z e-1 tips the scales at 135 kilograms (about 297.6 pounds), while the slightly heavier Ninja e-1 weighs in at 140 kilograms (approximately 308.6 pounds).

The impressive lightweight design of these electric motorcycles is achieved by utilizing swappable electric battery packs instead of larger, heavier ones that provide longer range on a single charge. This approach aligns with Gogoro's successful demonstration of the viability of swappable battery technology, particularly for short-range urban commuter vehicles, which is the focus of the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1.

As for the battery swapping infrastructure, Kawasaki's plans are yet to be officially revealed. However, there is potential for Gachaco, a battery swapping company jointly formed by Japan's big four motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha) in 2022, to supply power to the upcoming Ninja e-1 and Z e-1. The development of swappable batteries for motorbikes is a step towards enhancing the practicality and convenience of electric motorcycles in urban settings.

With the type approval documents shedding light on the progress of Kawasaki's electric motorcycles, enthusiasts and commuters alike can eagerly await their official launch later in 2023.

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