Electric vehicles are the future—there’s little doubting that. But aside from early adopters, getting people to make the transition requires overcoming a few challenges. One of those challenges is range. Increasing the range of an electric vehicle means finding a better battery system, and NAWA Technologies is already making great strides with high-energy carbon-based ultracapacitors that are capable of storing five times more energy than any other existing technology. That much more power means doubling the range of electric vehicles. The good news here, though, isn’t necessarily the increased range but rather that NAWA is able to do that while also reducing the weight of the battery system by half. To show off this new technology, NAWA unveiled an electric motorbike concept at CES in Las Vegas on January 7, 2020.
The bike is the result of a collaborative effort between NAWA and UK design and engineering firm Envisage Group. Drawing on the look and performance of a 1960s’ café racer, the bike is light and powerful, making it perfect for urban settings. That lightweight attribute comes because of the lighter battery pack, but also from the use of carbon fiber to create the frame and other components. Another feature that makes the bike perfect for urban riding is the bike’s ability to reuse energy from stop-start riding through regenerative braking, which extends the range up to 300km.
NAWA’s ultracapacitors are appropriately located where the tank of a traditional bike would be. The lithium-ion battery is mounted below the tank, where the engine would normally reside. The hub-less rim motor provides plenty of power—enough to accelerate the bike from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just three seconds.
“The NAWA Racer is our vision for the electric motorbike of tomorrow—a retro-inspired machine, but one that is thoroughly modern. It is lightweight, fast, and fun, perfect for an emission-free city commute that will put a smile on your face. But it also lays down a blueprint for the future. NAWA Technologies’ next-gen ultracapacitors have unleashed the potential of the hybrid battery system—and this design of powertrain is fully scale-able. There is no reason why this cannot be applied to a larger motorbike, or car or other electric vehicle. And what is more, this technology could go into production in the very near future.”