KAWASAKI’S FU­TURE PLANS: The elec­tric sport­bike with a swap­pable ‘en­gine’

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and 51 point to the mov­ing part of the frame. The im­age to the right is the com­pleted sec­tion sited in po­si­tion with the bat­tery com­po­nent el­e­ments hinged out (Pic 7) of the bike and on to a stand that sits along­side the bike. This means that the bike will ef­fec­tively park next to the stand and the bat­tery com­part­ment would be hinged out for re­place­ment with a full-charged unit, se­ri­ously cut­ting down – or pos­si­bly even negat­ing – the need for time spent wait­ing for the bike to be recharged at all. Like fill­ing up a mo­tor­cy­cle now with petrol, this could lead to a se­ries of al­ready­charged bat­tery stores in spe­cial ‘charg­ing sta­tions’ where a rider can just pull up and within a cou­ple of min­utes have a new, fully-charged power unit fit­ted into their bike.

Another im­age shows this but from the front per­spec­tive (Pic 8) and with­out any con­nect­ing leads in place. This im­age is used to show pro­por­tion of the bat­tery en­gine unit in com­par­i­son to the over­all mo­tor­cy­cle – what’s im­por­tant to no­tice here is that with the mo­tor out of the bike there is noth­ing en­gine or chas­sis-wise vis­i­ble on the right hand of side of the mo­tor­cy­cle from the front.

What is also in­trigu­ing in the above draw­ing is el­e­ment 91 which is an ex­ten­sion of the frame’s base which holds the bat­ter­ies out of the bike. The ex­ten­sion is there to ef­fec­tively catch and sup­port the bike’s front wheel – like a mov­ing chock block that is ready to catch the front wheel ini­tially and once the new bat­tery is in the bike and the rider is back on the bike it will slide back into the base to al­low the bike to be rid­den away – if the sys­tem is used out­side and the bike needs to be in the right po­si­tion for an au­to­matic en­gine-bat­tery-swap. What that could mean is that we’re look­ing at the fuel-pump-for-the fu­ture here, where you ride into the chock and leave the bike up­right as a ma­chine au­to­mat­i­cally swaps the bat­tery unit for a fully charged one.

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