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New Engine Tech from Kawasaki

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 12:59 PM

"Supercharged 2-stroke Hybrid"

TLDR: Combines 2-stroke firing with overhead poppet-valves and requires a super charger to make it all function. Kawi plans to use this to power electric generators to power EV's. This engine's potential fuel efficiency will make it a viable option to generate electricity to power electric vehicles at potentially the same net efficiency of current "plug-in" EV's. It will do this by running steadily within it's optimal RPM range to charge smaller batteries or super capacitors, saving the weight and cost of large batteries. Giant freight ships have used this type (diesel) engine technology to achieve the best efficiency from fossil fuels and Kawi might be trying to bring this tech to the world of consumer transportation.
I'm really happy Kawi takes big leaps. It has been interesting watching them develop the last few years. The H2 brought us a production supercharged motorcycle. And most recently, the ZX25-R is a screaming little inline 4cyl race machine. And now they are even working on predictive cornering tech.

This new engine likely won't be a hit anytime soon, but it's cool to think of the possibilities.


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