FOOTHILLS RANCH, CA – Kawasaki has taken a leap into electric motorcycles with the debut today of the Ninja e-1 ABS and the Z e-1 ABS models. The battery-powered bikes feature “futuristic design and EV coloring” in silver and matte lime green. The company says they promise “a light-hearted solution to urban commuting.”
While sharing many of the same technical features, the Ninja e-1 and the Z e-1 are designed for different needs. The Ninja e-1 ABS is a sporty, fully-faired model, while the Z e-1 has minimalist bodywork and a streetfighter stance.
The full-size Ninja e-1 ABS has an MSRP of $7,599 and is powered by two removable lithium-ion battery packs. It has a range of 41 miles and a battery charge time of 3.7 hours. The 308-pound model has two modes – ROAD and ECO. ROAD has a top speed of 55 miles per hour (65 mph with e-boost), while ECO has a top speed of 40 miles per hour (47 mph with e-boost).
The Z e-1 ABS has an MSRP of $7,299 and weighs in at 298 pounds. It also has a range of 41 miles and a charge time of 3.7 hours. Its top speed is 53 mph in ROAD mode (63 mph with e-boost) and 40 mph in ECO (45 mph with e-boost).
Orders are now being taken for both new electric models through Nov. 30 or until production sells out. Deliveries are expected to begin in December and continue through June 2024. E-boost is a function that allows for stronger acceleration and a higher top speed, but is limited to 15 seconds to prevent overheating.
The new clutch-less EVs also have a WALK mode which enables the rider to be assisted by the bike and moving forward and backward in tight or unusual spaces. The forward walking speed is approximately 3.1 mph, while the reverse speed is approximately 1.9 mph.
2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1