Kawasaki Working On A Unique Battery System For Electric Motorcycles
Kawasaki is a well-known brand of Japanese-manufactured motorcycle. You can see new riders riding Kawasaki motorbikes in cities and town all over the world. However, Kawasaki, which is one of the Big 4 in Japan’s motorcycle manufacturing industry still, has to produce its first electric motorcycle.
Meanwhile, recent reports reveal the existence of a Kawasaki patent application for a battery-swapping Ninja-style electric motorcycle. It appears that the patent application is for an unfamiliar battery and motor combo in place of the bike’s conventional engine.
Electric motorcycles are becoming the trend but while an electric motorcycle is big news, the unique battery system which is included in the patent application is expected to make a big difference. Based on the patent drawings, the tubular frame looks conventional but it has been designed to be removable through a hinge or latch mechanism.
The side of the frame can separate from the rest of the bike behind the steering stem and in front of the rear swing arm to allow a dolly or rack to slide under the motorcycle. It will be easier to grab the battery out and install in its place a second fully-charged battery.
This design is similar to the original Better Place electric car battery swap system that was designed in Israel but run out of funding in 2013. However, Kawasaki has no funding problems because of the backing of the Big 4. It has been reported earlier that the Big 4 composed of Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki has joined forces to create a standard battery swap and standard charging for electric motorcycles.
Batteries that can be removed and swapped are the holy grail of smaller electric vehicles. Even if charging time for electric motorcycles has been reduced to 35 minutes, it will be difficult to beat the speed and convenience of battery swap that will only take 2 minutes.
Every year, Kawasaki introduces new motorcycle models to the world. If you are interested in owing Kawasaki motorbikes, you can visit authorized Kawasaki dealers in the UK. You can choose from a wide range of new and used Kawasaki motorcycles including parts and accessories.