NAWA Racer electric motorbike is all set to give the EV lovers a jaw-dropping experience at CES 2020. Though NAWA Technologies is developing next-gen ultra-fast energy storage systems, it now aims to enter into the EV industry. And, NAWA Racer e-bike is a stunning zero-emission motorbike concept that features a world-first in electric powertrains: a hybrid battery. The makers of the super-advanced e-bike claims.
Schedule to appear at the CES 2020 in LA on 7th January 2k20, NAWA Racer combines the revolutionary ultracapacitors from its parent company. As a result, you can expect 10X more power and 5X more energy than existing technologies with conventional lithium-ion cells.
Albeit the use of ultracapacitors in an electric motorbike is the first time, the hybrid system can offer the best of both worlds. Thanks to the ultracapacitors’ development, we can now see ultra-fast charging, incredible energy recovery, and high power output simultaneously. And again thanks to the better lithium-ion management which contributes to a long continuous range.
NAWA Racer e-motorbike is inspired by the original cafe racers of London in the 1960s which were lightweight and powerful bikes used for short and quick rides between cafes. The bike boasts a raft of efficiency benefits with features that other e-motorbikes can’t offer. Because of which it’s a perfect ride for the city.
NAWA Racer Electric Motorbike: Next-Gen E-Bikes Should be Like This
The basis of NAWA Racer’s advantage is the company’s thoughtful installation of carbon-based ultracapacitors. It charges and discharges in seconds and is capable of picking up energy from regenerative braking and supplying it back to the electric motor very fast. However, the best part is they can do it millions of times over without degradation. Unlike lithium-ion, they offer very fast energy transfer as well. But although they have 5X more energy storage than existing tech, lithium-ion does still offer greater overall capacity.
The integration of these ultracapacitors into a lithium-ion system results in a battery with much more efficient performance overall. Besides, it greatly reduces the charge and discharge cycles the lithium-ion battery performs, extending the life of the entire system. Regardless of EVs, from motorbike to car, the efficiency improvements made by a hybrid ultracapacitor battery system can reduce the size of the lithium-ion battery by up to half. Additionally, either it extends the range by up to double or a combination in between depending on use. This will help the bike enter new markets in the urban areas where there is a lot of braking and accelerating happens.
Lightweight and Energy Efficient:
NAWACap is an arrangement of NAWA technologies’ ultracapacitors located in the bike’s top tank area. It offers 0.1kWh which boosts the lithium-ion battery mounted low in the chassis where the internal combustion engine would otherwise be. Re-using more than 80% of the energy captured from regenerative braking, NAWACap brings major leaps in its efficiency. In contrast, lithium-ion can only re-use 30%. Doing so, it allows NAWA Racer to use a much smaller lithium-ion battery than a conventional electric sports bike’s battery. The NAWACap pack itself is lightweight too weighing as little as 10kg. Combined with the bike’s carbonfibre frame and composite body panels, NAWA Racer tips the scale at just 150kg. This ensures a weight saving of 25% over conventional e-sports bikes.
Thanks to the lithium-ion battery, NAWA Racer can cover 150km on a mixed cycle, including highways. But the city is where it shines. By capturing so much energy from stop-start riding, releasing it again as acceleration, NAWA Racer can double its range in an urban area. The NAWACap pack recharges in just 2mins. However, the entire battery takes around one hour to get an 80% charge from a home supply.
Exhilarating Performance at All Times
As standard, the hub-less rim motor produces 100PS, rocketing NAWA Racer from rest to 100km/h in comfortably under 3 seconds, onto a top speed above 160km/h. This acceleration will always be available because of the ultracapacitor’s high power characteristics which continually maintain response and performance irrespective of the charge level.
Unlike with a regular fixed battery, the NAWACap pack can also be removed and swapped for different levels of performance. It allows riders to tune their e-bike’s characteristics time-to-time. NAWA Racer also features a ‘Race Mode’ which gives a boost of ultracapacitor power. This is inspired by the original days of the cafe racer. And race mode is designed to give the rider the edge on the return journey. It also features an Eco Mode where energy recovery is further maximized.
NAWA Racer brings a modern twist to its retro look for turning heads and to offer a ground-breaking electric powertrain. The addition of simple, smooth lightweight composite panels and painted aluminum and copper on a strong, stiff but light carbonfibre frame gives it a modernized look. LED lighting for the headlight and taillight, anodized matte black suspension forks, nubuck leather saddle in vintage camel and a hub-less rim motor completes the striking look of this e-bike.
NAWA technologies seek support from the expert design and engineering services provider Envisage Group for this project. Envisage Group focuses on creating bespoke, perfectly-engineered vehicles and products. It has a global reputation for incredible craftsmanship. The company works with some of the leading and most prestigious OEMs and product manufacturers to date.
Although simply a vision of an electric motorbike of the future, for now, NAWA Racer’s hybrid battery system can be used by all forms of EVs. If this happens, then technology could go into production very shortly.
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