The brand already released their first electric brainchild to the masses earlier this year when they dropped the Elektrode electric balance bike for kids; and now that we’re about to kick the Q3 door open, filings have been found that confirm Kawasaki’s latter electric units are ready to leave the lab.
According to a report from MCN, the two new zero-emission additions could be additions to Kawi’s iconic Ninja line. Kawasaki’s previous move to trademark the titles Ninja E2 and Ninja E2-R are now followed up by filings from NHSTA showing two codes: ‘NX011AP’ and ‘NR011AP.’
Before we dig in, let’s brush up on Kawi’s code translation:
X – Sportbike
R – Naked Roadster
N – Electric
NX011AP = Electric Sportbike
NR011AP = Electric Naked Roadster
The document also purportedly says that each machine will make just under 15hp, and will be L-plate legal in the EU.
“[This] means we can expect two mechanically identical machines, one faired and one naked, along the lines of the Z125 and Ninja 125, but with electric power.” finishes the report.
“With a rated 11kW (14.8bhp) the production Kawasakis are likely to manage an absolute maximum of around 22kW/30hp, giving performance on a par with a 300cc single while remaining learner legal.”
With a short few months until EICMA, we look forward to the big reveal; be sure to stay up-to-date via our webpage (and newsletter), and as ever – stay safe on the twisties.