Kawasaki Elektrode Electric Bike Launched
The wait is finally over for those waiting for an electric bike from one of the Japanese Big Four. Kawasaki launched its first electric bike, Elektrode, on June 7, 2022.
It is a balance bike for children. Although it isn't a speed machine, it represents a step forward both in terms of electrification and getting kids on electric bikes.
Kawasaki decided to keep their electric bike production in-house, unlike some other legacy OEMs which have partnered with StaCyc (now owned by Harley-Davidson) to manufacture their electric bikes.
Kawasaki Elektrode has a direct hub motor that ensures quiet operation. Kawasaki claims its 36V 5.1Ah, 250-watt battery can provide 150-plus minutes of ride time.
The bike has a lithium-ion battery, which can be charged in about 2.5 hours. Based on testing by the company, it should hold about 80 percent of its original capacity after about 500 charges.
You can charge it anywhere you want using the cable provided and a regular household socket. Elektrode has a lightweight aluminum frame, and the suspension is rigid at both ends.
A 160mm rear disc brake is installed on the 16-inch cast aluminum wheels. Since this bike is intended to fit kids from ages 3 to 8 and up to 45 kilograms (or 99.5 pounds) in weight,
the seat is adjustable like a bicycle seat. It weighs 32 pounds, which is about what my pedal-powered, completely non-electric bicycle weights.
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