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    Kawasaki has developed an electric motorcycle as a technology demonstrator, but apparently has no plans to market the bike, or any electric motorcycle in the near future:
    https://www.motorcycle.com/mini-feat...e-concept.html
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    it's a very interesting project. except for HD (and maybe Yamaha) no-one of the biggest bike makers has already planned to produce an electric motorcycle (not scooter, but just motorcyles) in the near future, but I suppose that when this will happen we will see a lot of electric models. I suppose also, and maybe I'm wrong, that electric bikes will be even more reliable than the bike with heat engine. at the moment the main problem seems to be the capacity and the charging speed of the batteries, I'm sure that soon this problem will be solved.
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    Did you notice the continuous horsepower of Kawasaki's electric motor? Only 13.5 hp. That is not going to cut it in the consumer market. Top speed appeared to be about 60 mph. The performance and range specifications are about what Zero was selling almost 10 years ago. I get the impression that this electric motorcycle was a fun after-work project by a few of their engineers and Kawasaki was using it to get a little favorable press from the EU market.

    Solar power panels on the surface area of a motorcycle would generate about enough electricity to operate the parking lights. Charging the battery pack might take about a year at that rate. It takes about 12 hours to fully recharge my Zero's empty battery pack at a rate of 1450 watts from my home's electrical power outlet.
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    Maybe there's a reason the internal combustion engine will only die out through gov't legislation.

    What is sorta scarry is the realization that there are some in gov't that would look at a 13.5 hp motorcycle with a 60 mile range and say that is the future we need to make happen.

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    this one is made at Maranello by two former engineer of the Ferrari, it has 70 hp and hit 200 kmh. the engine is the Zero ZF75-5 and the bike weight less than 170 kg, in the pics it looks like a small sport bike (as a 250 cc, for example).
    https://www.motociclismo.it/vins-ev-...aranello-73803
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    If you look at the range and performance of some of the e-bicycles, they are pretty impressive and will likely blur lines with e-motorcycles in short time. The question is what regulations will fall where?
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