Electric vehicles from the likes of electric cars to electric bikes to electric mobility like e-scooters we have seen thus far, none of them are as truly groundbreaking. They are, well, just battery-operated vehicle, but that is until now.
Ladies and gentlemen, we would like you to meet Nawa Racer, the future of electric vehicle. The look is futuristic – thanks to the modern take of the 60s cafe racer and the hub-less rear wheel. However, the ‘future’ here is beyond the looks. It lies in its revolutionary energy storage solution, ultracapacitors called NAWACap.
In addition to the modest 9 kWh lithium-ion battery is a 0.1 kWh carbon-based ultracapacitor which Nawa Technologies, the company behind Nawa Racer, claimed could harvest 80% of the braking energy, thus providing an unprecedented 300 kilometers (186 miles) urban range while offering a weight savings of 25%.
Nawa refers to this marriage between lithium-ion and ultracapacitor as a “hybrid better system” which it says is scalable and can be applied to all manner of electric vehicles. Electric cars, included. You see where this is going, don’t you?
Getting better-than-average range is just one of the perks of this hybrid battery system. Nawa’s ultracapacitors can charge and discharge in seconds and it can put back energy harvested from braking “very quickly.” And it can do so millions of times without degradation, Nawa said.
With ultracapacitors, not only it takes the load off the lithium-ion battery, thereby extending the life of the entire system, but it also allows for a smaller capacity lithium-ion battery (hence the 9 kWh li-ion battery).
That, plus NAWACap itself weighing as little as 10 kilograms (22 lbs), and a carbon fiber frame and composite panels, makes this futuristic two-wheeler weighs no more than 150 kilograms (330 lbs).
On the performance end, Nawa Racer packs 100 PS (about 99 horses), which enables it to make the century sprint (0-62 mph) in under 3 seconds and sending it on the way to a top speed of over 160 km/h (99 mph). The best part is, this performance and associated response will be consistence, regardless of how much juice the lithium-ion battery has at any given moment.
Last but not least, it is “tuneable”, where the NAWACap can be swapped out for different levels of performance. There are other nifty design features, but honestly, the technology it has to offer greatly outshine those.
No words when Nawa Racer will be offered in the market – if it will even be offered. It is likely a show of the technology more than anything else. However, tech/EV enthusiasts will be able to see it in flesh at CES 2020 at Eureka Park, Stand G, Booth #50463. It will be sharing the space with CEA, the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission, from which it was spun off in 2013.
All images courtesy of Nawa Technologies.