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Kawasaki plans to switch to electric motorcycles by 2035

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Currently there are no Kawasaki motorcycles that are powered by electricity, but it plans to introduce more than 10 electric models by 2025. The goal is to completely switch over to electric motorcycles by 2035 in Japan, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia. The company plans to launch hybrid and all electric versions. It also plans develop engines that run on hydrogen.

Kawasaki Heavy’s motorcycle sales came to 380,000 vehicles in 2020. Despite a global market share of only around 1%, Kawasaki has a strong presence in Japan and North America with its mainstay, brand-name large motorcycles. Global demand for motorcycles was about 44.5 million vehicles in 2020, down about 20% from the previous year due to the pandemic, but appetite for the two wheelers is now growing because they are seen as relatively safe an infectious-disease-conscious world. Kawasaki will seek to expand its market share by focusing on decarbonization, a goal in line with government policies around the world.

Honda holds the crown as the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. It says it aims to decarbonize by 2050 but has yet to give specific timeline. Yamaha Motor has set a goal of making 90% of its motorcycles electric by 2050. An executive there, however, acknowledges that batteries are hard to come by when competing with passenger cars.

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