Most electric vehicles which are made today are automatic scooters with boring designs, dull handling and low power. While they may be cheap to run and convenient to use in the city, they offer no excitement when ridden.
Fortunately, this trend seems to be changing. Vehicles like the BMW C Evolution scooter, the Brammo Empulse, and the Mission R electric superbike, are heralding a new era of electric vehicles, ones that are efficient and environment-friendly, while offering more rider engagement than ever before.
Left: BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter; Right: Mission R Electric Superbike
Now, Kawasaki has also joined the fray. The Japanese manufacturer has showcased a futuristic 3-wheeler electric vehicle concept that can transform from a sport bike to a cruiser. Dubbed the J Concept, the vehicle features two wheels at the front and a single wheel at the rear. In Sport Mode, its two front wheels come close together, and the seat and the control bars are positioned low. This seats the rider in a posture that offers maximum control at high speeds.
If you are in the mood for a relaxed ride though, you can switch to Comfort mode. The two wheels split, the seat and control bars rise up, and the foot pegs flip forward. The vehicle can be now be ridden like a cruiser.
The J Concept would be great for biking enthusiasts, who can use it for their daily commute in Comfort mode, and use it in Sport mode for a weekend ride. Although this vehicle may never see the light of day, it would be great if future electric bikes were as exciting and functional as this one.
Here are some more images of the Kawasaki J Concept 3-Wheeler Electric Vehicle: