NAWA Racer e-motorbike dynamic prototype revealed, featuring the world’s first ‘hybrid’ battery system
- The first fully rideable prototype of the NAWA Racer e-motorbike, developed by an expert group of partners comprised of leading French energy storage experts NAWA Technologies, AKKA Technologies, Pronergy, FAAR and YSY Group has been revealed
— NAWA Racer features a revolutionary 100% electric powertrain that combines NAWA Technologies’ ‘NAWACap’ next-gen lithium-ion ultracapacitors, resulting in a world-first hybrid e-powertrain
— Visit NAWA’s stand, Booth B79, Pavilion 18, at EICMA Milan from 23–28th November to see both the NAWA Racer and NAWACap ultracapacitor technology
NAWA Technologies (NAWA), pioneers of revolutionary 3D nano-technology to unleash efficient, green mobility, has revealed the first fully rideable prototype of its NAWA Racer electric motorbike at the world’s biggest two-wheeled show, EICMA 2021 in Milan.
First unveiled in concept form at CES 2020, NAWA has joined forces with expert technical partners to rapidly accelerate development of the revolutionary new machine; a zero-emission motorbike that illustrates how NAWA’s nano-based ultracapacitors, called NAWACap, can be applied to a real-world electric vehicle (EV) powertrain, by combining them with conventional lithium-ion cells to create a ‘hybrid’ battery system.
Optimising both energy sources, the innovation opens up new possibilities for all e-powertrains, greatly improving efficiency, reducing charging times and extending entire system life. Entirely modular and scale-able, the system is applicable to any electric vehicle and can reduce the size of the lithium-ion battery by up to half, or extend the range by up to double — or a combination in between.
For the initial design of the concept, NAWA was supported by expert design and engineering services provider Envisage Group — based in Coventry, UK. To develop a dynamic prototype, it has had the support of InnoEnergy, the innovation arm of the European Innovation Institute, assembling an expert consortium of French partners comprised of NAWA itself, AKKA Technologies, Pronergy, FAAR and YSY Group.
Pascal Boulanger, Founder of NAWA, and CTO said: “NAWA Racer is our vision for the electric motorbike of tomorrow — a retro café racer-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’s next-gen ultracapacitors unleash the potential of the hybrid battery system with five times more power and energy than existing ultracapacitors. What is more, 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. We believe it shows off the e-powertrain of the very near future. Since NAWA Racer’s initial unveil at CES in 2020, development has continued at pace. Thanks to our technical partners, we can now reveal our first dynamic prototype.”
Located in NAWA Racer’s top tank area is an arrangement of NAWACap ultracapacitors, which offer 0.1 kWh and boost a lithium-ion battery mounted low in the chassis, where the internal combustion engine would otherwise be. Re-using more than 80 percent of the energy captured from regenerative braking, NAWA Racer uses a much smaller lithium-ion battery than would otherwise be possible: just 9 kWh, around half the size of a conventional electric sports bike’s battery. What’s more the two batteries combine to form a structural part of the bike’s carbon fibre frame, and with composite body panels and the NAWACap pack itself being extremely lightweight, NAWA Racer tips the scales at just 150kg, a weight saving of 25 percent over conventional electric sports bikes.
Exceptional range and acceleration
Thanks to its lithium-ion battery, NAWA Racer can cover 150km on a mixed cycle. But by capturing so much energy from stop-start riding, releasing it again as acceleration, NAWA Racer can double its urban range to 300km. The NAWACap pack recharges in just two minutes and the entire battery can be charged to 80 percent in one hour from a home supply. As standard, the in-wheel motor produces 100PS, rocketing NAWA Racer from rest to 100km/h in less than three seconds, onto a top speed of 150km/h. And no matter the charge level of the lithium-ion battery, this acceleration will always be available because of the ultracapacitor’s high power characteristics, which continually maintain response and performance.
With three driving modes (Eco, Urban, Sport) and a fully programmable bespoke driving mode, not to mention the option to easily upgrade the NAWACap batteries, along with an app that connects the rider to the bike 24hrs a day, there are many ways to configure NAWA Racer.
Future café racer style
Intended to turn heads as well as offer a ground-breaking electric powertrain, NAWA Racer brings a modern twist to its retro looks with simple, smooth lightweight composite panels and rear arm, painted aluminium, copper and black, based on a strong, stiff but light carbonfibre frame. Details such as LED lighting for the headlight and taillight, anodised matte black suspension forks, nubuck leather saddle in vintage complete the striking look. NAWA Racer will also focus on customisation with multiple ways to tailor and futureproof its striking design.
While NAWA has no plans to make or sell a production version of the NAWARacer, it is open to approaches from appropriate partners interested in taking this revolutionary e-motorbike to the streets.
About NAWA Technologies
Headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France with a second location in Dayton, Ohio in the US, NAWA Technologies is a world-leader in innovative energy storage and composites. Its range of game-changing products are all based on one patented technology: vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT).NAWA has applied the unique properties of VACNT to create high power and high energy ultracapacitors, one of the fastest electrodes for lithium batteries — and also reinforced carbon fiber composites.
NAWA Technologies now enters its next exciting phase — mass manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic — but with environmental benefits always at its core. NAWA’s goal is to be a carbon neutral company. Already, its NAWACap batteries have been awarded 1000 efficient solution for the planet by Solar Impulse foundation.
AKKA is a European leader in engineering consulting and R&D services. Our comprehensive portfolio of digital solutions combined with our expertise in engineering, uniquely positions us to support our clients by leveraging the power of connected data to accelerate innovation and drive the future of smart industry. AKKA accompanies leading industry players across a wide range of sectors throughout the life cycle of their products with cutting edge digital technologies (AI, ADAS, IoT, Big Data, robotics, embedded computing, machine learning, etc.) to help them rethink their products and business processes. Founded in 1984, AKKA has a strong entrepreneurial culture and a wide global footprint. Our 20,000 employees around the world are all passionate about technology and share the AKKA values of respect, courage and ambition. The Group recorded revenues of €1.5 billion in 2020. AKKA Technologies (AKA) is listed on Euronext Paris and Brussels — segment B — ISIN code: FR0004180537.
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