The patent images reveal a hybrid powertrain, with a gasoline and electric engine, as well as a throttle with a boost button.
Latest Patent Images Reveal Kawasaki’s Hybrid Motorcycle Technology
Kawasaki is slowly and certainly working on different hybrid motorcycle concepts, as shown by a series of hybrid motorcycle patents filed by the company’s R&D department. Its latest hybrid powertrain design shown in patent images may well offer a boost from an electric motor to the conventional internal combustion engine. The patent images show the combination of a normal gasoline engine with a small electric motor to increase performance and economy while reducing emissions. So far there are no prototypes to see on this tech, nor official confirmation, but it does appear to be something Kawasaki is working on.
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Kawasaki patents reveal that the idea is to imagine a hybrid motorcycle with a gasoline engine and an electric motor, both linked to a conventional transmission by means of one-way clutches, allowing each engine to power the motorcycle independently. or together. Kawasaki’s latest patent shows a generic-looking bike, with a small electric motor, with a gasoline engine right in front, making it a powertrain assembly that isn’t much larger than that of a motorcycle. conventional.
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What’s interesting is the throttle design, which has a conventional twist grip but with two additional controls, a four-way switch cube, and a boost button. There is also a normal engine kill switch with what appears to be a “mode” switch to access additional functions. According to the Kawasaki patent, the boost button “is operated to issue a command to change the torque output characteristic to increase the output torque of the hybrid power source” and goes on to explain that it will give some seconds of extra power once it’s pressed.
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According to the patent, the accelerator controls both the gasoline engine and the electric motor, with signals passing through a control unit that helps decide how much power is coming from each. Filing for patents does not always mean that there is a production model in the making. Over the past year, Kawasaki has filed a slew of patents around a hybrid motorcycle design, and all that suggests is that there is something brewing at Kawasaki R&D. While there is no word on a purely electric machine from Kawasaki, a hybrid model just might be what Kawasaki will be looking to develop in the near future, possibly even unveiling a working concept and prototype.