Kawasaki announced its 2012 street model lineup this week announcing a number of updates to its ZX-14R, as well as the Vulcan 1700 Voyager, Ninja 1000 and Ninja 650. Absent from Kawasaki’s U.S. offerings is the naked version of the Ninja 650, the ER-6n which has also been updated and will be available in other […]
Kawasaki J Electric Three-Wheeler Concept Revealed in Tokyo
Dubbed the Kawasaki J, the concept vehicle is an electric-powered three-wheeler that can change its shape to suit either a sportier or a more comfortable riding position.
Instead of handlebars, the rider grabs a pair of hand grips that each connect directly to one of the two front wheels via two long levers. For a sportier ride position, the rider leans forward while bringing the front wheels closer together. For more comfortable cruising, the rider assumes a more vertical position while the front wheels spread out.
Kawasaki did not provide much detail about the powertrain, except to say the motor is powered by a Gigacell high-capacity nickel metal hydride battery.
It’s unlikely Kawasaki will ever bring the J to production. The transforming nature and using what is essentially a pair of ski poles to steer may prove to be too impractical. Kawasaki is likely using the concept to showcase its proprietary Gigacell battery technology.