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Kawasaki recently announced that it will go completely electric in select global markets by 2035, and the renowned Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has now suggested a hybrid sportsbike to kick off its ambitious path to full range electrification.

Among other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki), Kawasaki has been the first to publicly declare its ambitions for future electric cars. Electric cars will be used to replace traditional fuel-powered combustion engines. The company is now developing its electrification strategy and has patented a hybrid sportsbike that combines a conventional ICE with a small electric motor.

For the record, hybrid technology has long been used in automobiles; however, motorcycle manufacturers have failed to adopt the technology since fuel savings were never believed to be a priority for bikes, which are already regarded to be a rather cost-effective method of transportation. At the same time, cramming a somewhat substantial self-charging battery into a small frame isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Kawasaki, on the other hand, has succeeded in packing the battery by reducing the motor to accommodate a battery in what looks to be a frame derived from a Kawasaki Ninja 400 mule. Apart from a self-charging battery, Kawasaki has added a semi-automatic transmission to the bike, which the company has been experimenting on with its pure-electric prototype, the Endeavour. While Kawasaki's new hybrid technology does not have zero emissions in terms of average usage, it may be driven in pure EV mode at low speeds.

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