The seamless integration of the single-ratio transmission and the motor negates the necessity for a clutch or shift lever.
Battery and Charging
Dual lithium-ion batteries, positioned beneath a storage box typically occupied by a fuel tank, provide the juice for the Ninja e-1. Each removable battery, weighing 25.3 pounds, offers a 30Ah capacity at a 50.4V nominal voltage, summing up to a total battery capacity of 60Ah.
Kawasaki takes pride in the hassle-free battery removal process. With removable batteries, riders can effortlessly charge them indoors, an invaluable feature for those without garage access.
Charging options are versatile:
- Charging dock
- Without a charging dock
- Underseat charging adapter while the batteries remain in the motorcycle
Charging times are modest, with a complete charge taking 7.4 hours, or 3.7 hours per battery. For a partial charge (20% to 85%), it takes approximately 1.6 hours per battery.
Regenerative Braking and Riding Modes
Recycling energy during deceleration back into the battery is possible thanks to regenerative braking. This feature becomes operative once the batteries reach 60% charge, diminishing as they near full charge.
The Ninja e-1 offers two riding modes: Road and Eco. Speed limits depend on the selected mode, with the Road mode allowing for up to 52 mph and Eco mode up to 37 mph. When the battery charge dips below 35%, the bike enters a “limited-power operation”.
E-Boost for an Extra Push
An intriguing addition is the e-boost feature. This offers riders enhanced acceleration and top speeds at the touch of a button, albeit for a restricted 15-second duration to conserve battery life and manage temperature. With e-boost, the Ninja e-1 can hit speeds up to 65 mph in Road mode and 45 mph in Eco mode.
The Kawasaki Ninja e-1 presents a compelling option for urban riders seeking an electric solution. It combines the trusted legacy of Kawasaki with the benefits of modern electric technology, promising an efficient and exhilarating ride in urban settings.
Kawasaki's venture into the electric bike segment with the Ninja e-1 showcases their commitment to sustainable mobility without sacrificing the thrill of the ride. It's an invitation for city dwellers to experience electric performance in the fast lane.