BEV Sports Bike Concept gets Go-Ahead for Production

A concept BEV sporting motorcycle shown at CES 2020 is being readied for a working prototype in the expectation of full market production.

The NAWARacer was initially designed as a demonstration project promoting how NAWATechnologies’ next generation ultracapacitors and reinforced composites, can be applied to a real-world EV powertrain. However, after a positive response from consumers, the company has now decided to develop a fully functioning, functioning prototype.

To do this a consortium has been created by the company and featuring AKKA Technologies, FAAR, Pronergy and the YSY Group.

The prototype will feature a ‘hybrid’ battery powertrain using the ultracapacitors with conventional lithium-ion cells. These are then merged in electrical architecture, enabling the best of both energy sources, opening up possibilities for other EV powertrains with the ultracapacitors playing an equivalent role to a turbocharger in an internal combustion engine.

The company claims the hybrid ultracapacitor battery system improves energy efficiency, reduces charging times and extends entire system life. Further, it claims, efficiency improvements can reduce the size of the lithium-ion battery by up to half, or extend the range by up to double.

Pascal Boulanger, founder and CTO of NAWA Technologies, said: “In order to develop a fully dynamic prototype, and best reflect our next-gen energy storage technology, a world-leading consortium has been brought together to design and build a fully functioning version.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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