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Kawasaki patents Ninja 7 Hybrid & Z e-1 Hybrid motorcycles in India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Kawasaki could be planning to launch the Ninja 7 and Z e-1 Strong Hybrid and Pure Electric bikes in India. According to reports, the Japanese brand has filed design patents for both the motorcycles in India. This leads us to believe that the company could be planning to bring the eco friendly machines to the booming electric vehicle segment.

Both the Kawasaki 7 and Z e-1 are available internationally. The Kawasaki Z e-1 comes with a price tag of USD 7,299 which converts to approximately INR 6.07 lakh. On the other hand, the Ninja 7 Hybrid comes with a price tag of USD 12,499 which approximately convert to INR 10.34 lakh.

Kawasaki Ninja 7

The Kawasaki Ninja 7 is the world’s first strong hybrid motorcycle. The midsize engine motorcycle boasts an instant acceleration of a 1,000cc-class supersport model. Thanks to the e-boost technology, the Ninja 7 can not only accelerate like a litre-class motorcycle but also return a fuel efficiency of a 250cc class bike. The motorcycle also comes with three different drive modes offering distinct riding characters.

Powering the Kawasaki Ninja 7 is 451cc parallel twin cylinder petrol engine coupled to a 27.2 Ah lithium-ion battery pack. The power unit offers 69 PS of power and 60 Nm of torque. The powertrain is coupled to a 6-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The Ninja 7 features a proprietary logic to smoothly shift gears and operate the clutch. The battery pack is also powerful enough to propel the Ninja 7 in full electric mode in addition to the e-boost.

Kawasaki Z e-1

Kawasaki Z e-1 features a pair of 1.5kWh batteries linked to a 9kW motor. From a single pack of battery, the Z e-1 claims a range of 65 km. The fully electric bike is also capable of achieving a top speed of 104 kmph. The Z e-1 also comes with features such as LED lighting, Ergo Fit design, Smartphone Connectivity, eco-boost, Walk Mode, TFT display and Two Riding Modes.

However, it is important to note that filing design patents does not necessarily warrant that the brand will be launching the motorcycle here in India. By filing design patents, the brand could be protecting its IP interests in the Indian market.

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