The automotive sector is head over heels in the global shift from fossil fuels to electrification, but major motorcycle manufacturers are not yet heading into the newfangled direction.
It is possible that the current situation on the motorcycle market will gradually change in the coming years, as evidenced by the recent presentation of a large manufacturer – the Kawasaki brand. But instead of using batteries and electric motors, Kawasaki will take a measured approach to minimizing emissions through a multi-pronged plan.
Right now, Kawasaki is testing an electric motorcycle codenamed Endeavor. It is rumored to have the same performance as the Benin 400cc and also get a large lithium-ion battery. However, this is not the only direction in which the brand is working. According to a slide posted online, the company will “accelerate the development of electric motors, hybrids and hydrogen” motorcycles.
We know very little about Kawasaki’s intentions for hydrogen, but the fact that the company also plans to work on fuel use in the marine and aviation industries means it is likely investing heavily in technology. Several images from the company’s video suggest that, like Toyota, it may seek to use hydrogen as fuel for internal combustion engines instead of fuel cells that generate electricity, but hopefully the brand will share its plans soon.
Recall that one of the Kawasaki motorcycle models was included in our TOP-5 most powerful choppers rating. So, the Kawasaki VN 2000 Vulcan was produced from 2004 to 2010. This motorcycle has the largest production V-twin ever. The motor, with a volume of 2053 cubic centimeters and a capacity of 116 horsepower, is liquid-cooled. Together with the engine, a 5-speed gearbox and belt drive work. The frame of the motorcycle is made of alloy steel.