The NAWA Racer electric will debut in a few months, as NAWA Technologies form an experienced consortium to bring it to debut in Q3.
Originally unveiled by NAWA Technologies at CES 2020, NAWA Racer was a showcase of NAWA’s technology for both ultracapacitors as well as their carbon technology solution. Now it is announced to make the first dynamic prototype debut in Q3. The racer is powered by a world-first ‘hybrid’ battery system combining conventional tech with NAWACap next-gen ultracapacitors. The first fully ridable NAWA Racer will be made in the coming months, from an expert group of partners including NAWATechnologies, AKKA Technologies, Pronergy, FAAR and YSY Group.
NAWA Technologies, is a France based company specializing in energy storage solutions, carbon based solutions to be more exact. They utilize the technology of carbon-based super-capacitors, which for its chemical properties allows an improved accessible surface area and charge accumulation with a stable conductive interface.
To put things in simpler words, the battery is a hybrid Lithium ION with NAWACap technology, allowing it much batter charge speed and capacity – that can be put to use with the regenerative breaking to increase the motorcycle’s range. In addition, it allows improved battery outputs and life-cycles. The NAWA Racer enjoys these benefits and translates them to performance, range and battery life.
To develop the first NAWARacer dynamic prototype, an expert team has been assembled with skillsets across automotive engineering, R&D, battery management, electronics, powertrain, systems integration and
prototype realization – within the framework of the HYDEALIST project (Hybrid storage and fast-charging for AGV in
logistics), funded by InnoEnergy (the European innovation platform for clean technologies).
“We had such a fantastic response to our NAWARacer concept at CES 2020 that we had to take the next step and
showcase what our NAWACap technology truly can do,”
“In order to develop a fully dynamic prototype, and best reflect our next-gen energy storage technology, aPascal Boulanger, Founder of NAWA Technologies, and CTO.
world-leading consortium has been brought together to design and build a fully functioning version.”
The Expert e-mobility consortium formed:
The development of the motorbike’s unique electric powertrain and, specifically, the aluminum body – which integrates the battery within the chassis, removing the need for a conventional frame, and making the motorcycle lighter.
The in-wheel motor, with the great hubless design, is led by AKKA Technologies, a engineering consultancy which supports some of the world’s leading automotive industry players. With offices in 29 countries, AKKA’s is a global engineering leader, that will optimize all the mechanical components and help create an e-motorbike with very few moving parts; light, easy to fabricate and with a perfect riding experience. AKKA’s will develop NAWARacer’s ride and handling characteristics, with focus on the new rear arm design and suspension systems.
The development of NAWARacer’s electronic power distribution system is led by Pronergy, a subsidiary of FAAR SAS
located in Paris. This distributes power according to vehicle mode and rider demand. For this first dynamic prototype,
a new switching unit has been developed allowing both NAWACap and the lithium batteries to provide energy,
maximising the benefits of both technologies in terms of performance and efficiency.
FAAR will lead the development of NAWA Racer’s Battery Management System (BMS) software control ECU
electronic architecture, bringing its embedded energy management expertise to the project, which is based on more
than a decade of expertise in energy management systems.
NAWATechnologies, the inventor of the NAWARacer and its hybrid power-battery system, is supplying NAWACap –
its next-generation ultracapacitors – integrated in a light, compact, modular and communicating pack that can be used
in many other applications. Further expert assistance comes from YSY Group, based in Lille, France who complement
NAWA in motorcycle testing. The dynamic prototype will be revealed and demonstrated on track just before summer
Specification (on paper):
The NAWA Racer’s futuristic frame and hub-less rim motor can produce ~100hp, pushing the NAWA Racer from 0-60 (0-100kmh) in under 3 seconds, and further onto a top speed of 100 mph (160km/h). And with the properties of their ultracapacitors they claim to be able to keep continuous performance and maintain responsiveness for a huge driving range.
The NAWA Racer CES debut had some impressive and notable specs. In city, the range can go up to 186 miles (300 km), and in mixed riding that includes highways it will still reach 93 miles (150km). And that’s with a 9kWh battery, which compared to a 21kWh battery on the Energica, 15.5kWh on the livewire, and you get the point. These motorcycles have similar or lower range stats, with a battery pack x1.5 or x2 as large, meaning twice as heavy to.
The regenerative breaking for recharge is not all, as the ulrtacapacitor also allows rapid charging, potentially at a pace we have not seen in li-ion batteries before. It can charge back up to 80% in just an hour, with a standard, yes -standard home plug and not your 3.3kW Charger.
Source: NAWA Technologies