Inspired by the 60s, this all-electric motorcycle hides some incredible technology beneath its panels. The NAWA Technologies ‘Racer’ uses a hybrid battery that mixes good old lithium-ion cells with ultracapacitors, and will be revealed January next year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
These carbon-based ultracapacitors enable the bike to be charged faster and with up to 80% better energy regeneration. They also boast better performance and range, and the batteries last longer and are lighter. “The efficiency improvements made by a hybrid ultracapacitor battery system,” it says, “can reduce the size of the lithium-ion battery by up to half, or extend the range by up to double.”
The ultracapacitors sit where a traditional fuel tank would be, and slightly lower than that sits the 9kWh lithium-ion battery, half the size of most other electric bikes. This concept, thanks to its battery tech, only weight 150kg, 100kg less than the recent Harley Livewire, but bear in mind that this is still in the concept stage.
A hub-less e-motor powers the rear wheel from its rim with 100hp, enough to allow the bike to accelerate from 0-60mph in just three seconds – similar to the Livewire – and has a top speed of 100mph. Range sits somewhere between 90 and 180 miles depending on how you ride and how much regeneration you use from braking.
The kicker is that NAWA are certain that this technology is scalable and ready to be used in any EV such as a car. It sounds promising, but we’ll only fully believe it once it’s out of its concept stage and in a working model. Tesla hasn’t got anything to worry about just yet.