Kawasaki announces plans to go all-electric in select markets by 2035
Japanese manufacturing giant Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine has reiterated its commitment to electrification of its two-wheelers in select markets by the mid of next decade (2035). Reiterating its commitment to electrification of its vehicles, Kawasaki announced that it would completely eliminate gasoline/petrol-powered vehicles. Pushing ahead with its electrification plans, the Japanese manufacturer has decided to introduce at least 10 different kinds of electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025.
The manufacturer is currently working on hydrogen-powered two-wheelers, which is part of its plans to ensure a smooth transition from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electric powertrains. The manufacturer has made it clear that it will continue to work on hydrogen-powered vehicles in the coming years as well.
However, the manufacturer doesn’t want to make any compromise on the unique experience and fun, for which the motorcycles are loved around the globe.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries President Yasuhiko Hashimoto said, “For motorcycle users, the experience of engine sound and vibration is very important. We want to keep the fun of such motorcycles and respond to the carbon-neutral era.”
Hashimoto also stressed that Kawasaki would continue to make efforts to curb carbon emissions while providing easy means to travel in the post-pandemic world.
Earlier this month, Kawasaki Motors President Hiroshi Ito delivered a speech at Tokyo’s Port Hall Takeshiba. Mentioning the company’s future plans, he announced that the OEM wanted all its main motorcycle models sold in Japan and western markets to go electric by 2035. The western markets include European countries, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
The manufacturer aims to increase its sales by 2.4% to 1 trillion Yen (US$9 billion) and augment its operating profit margin from 6.1% this fiscal year to more over 8% by 2030. It believes that go electric will help it grab a big chunk of the fast-expanding EV market in the two-wheeler segment. Alongside its electrification goals, the Japanese manufacturer is planning to expand its production capacity at its various plants, including its Nebraska manufacturing facility in the in the United States.
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