Japanese motorcycle manufacturers will join forces to create hydrogen engines for two-wheeled vehicles. Honda and Suzuki have also expressed interest in the project.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries identified hydrogen as the next generation of energy in 2010 and has been developing technologies since then to produce, transport and use hydrogen throughout the supply chain to the end consumer. Yamaha Motor, in turn, develops hydrogen engines for its motorcycles and four-wheel ROV series all-terrain vehicles. Working together, the two companies expect to accelerate the development of the hydrogen business.
As follows from the joint statement of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Yamaha Motor, Honda Motor and Suzuki Motor Corporation are planning to join them in the future. The four companies intend to jointly explore the possibility of achieving carbon neutrality through the use of combustion engines in two-wheeled vehicles. Final agreements will be reached after defining “clear boundaries between cooperation and competition.”