With the rise of electric motorcycles and a large number of new manufacturers moving in this direction, the motorcycle industry has almost resigned itself to the possible demise of the internal combustion engine. We talked about how several companies such as Ducati and Porsche are investing heavily in research into alternative fuels with biorenewable components, also known as biofuels. Yamaha and Kawasaki are working on the hydrogen engine
A golden mean between outright electrification of two-wheelers seems to be hybridization, something that has appeared on small scooters in the Asian market and is being developed to be suitable for motorcycles, for example. Vitesco technologies. There is also hydrogen, an area that Kawasaki has been working on for a while. Now, in an interesting turnaround, another renowned Japanese manufacturer is partnering with Kawasaki: the two companies will work together to develop new hydrogen engines for use on their future motorcycle models.
Kawasaki has long considered hydrogen as an alternative fuel for its vehicles. He currently has technology demonstrating the feasibility of hydrogen made from Australian lignite in combustion engines. In addition, Kawasaki Heavy Industries also owns the world’s first liquefied hydrogen transporter, called “The Suiso Frontier”. In addition to motorcycles, Kawasaki also plans to produce hydrogen engines for heavy vehicles and equipment such as land and sea vessels, as well as a hydrogen turbo generator.
Meanwhile, Yamaha has also expressed its determination to go green. The company even aims to achieve 100% carbon neutrality by 2050. In the not too distant future, we can expect other big players to join Kawasaki and Yamaha in the race to produce hydrogen two-wheelers. Suzuki and Honda have also made plans to explore alternative fuels and carbon neutral solutions in addition to developing electric vehicles.