Meet the E-Bike with the World’s First Hybrid Battery System

Cherryl Anne Cruz

It’s radical alright–and a tad bit bit strange-looking. It looks like a vintage bike in front, and a futuristic, minimalist motorcycle that didn’t get a chance to be completed at the back.

Or heaven help us–the manufacturer suddenly got cheap and decided to scrimp on materials.

Whatever the case, this 330-lb. e-bike is an eye-catcher, alright. This electric motorcycle is obviously small and lightweight (far lighter than some current electric motorcycles). Its 9-kWh battery supports an engine that can churn around 300-km/hr. What’s more, the “racer” can go 0-60 in about three seconds and can travel almost 70 percent more than a regular e-bike–thanks to an ultracapacitor hybrid energy system.

Called the Nawa Racer, this e-bike was developed by French Energy Tech company, Nawa Technologies, in collaboration with Envisage Group.

If you look closely, you’ll see some cool-looking innovations that make it really one-of-a-kind. For instance, there’s that futuristic hub-less rear wheel, the wrap-around taillight, and that gravity-defying duck seat that looks like it’s floating in mid-air.

Technology doesn’t stop in the exterior, however. FYI: this bike is inspired by the 1960 café racers–yet it’s powered by world’s first hybrid battery system that combines a supercapacitor with lithium batteries.

NAWSA calls it the ultracapicator–also called NAWACap. Located in the upper pod above the pack in the frame, this technology can charge in seconds, giving the bike an instant “power boost” in minutes. Its battery can charge 1,000 times quicker than a Lithium battery, and has no risk of overheating. The French company also environment-friendly–it’s recyclable, with no lithium and lead contents. And while it may not boast of being the first company to release a bike with ultracapicator, it offers ten times more power and five times more energy than the existing ones we have today.

The company doesn’t plan to sell the Racer, since their main specialty is energy storage (batteries). It’s too bad, since the prototype shows a lot of promise. They plan to mass-market their battery technology sometime in 2020 not just for motorcycles, but also for cars and other electric vehicles. Still, expect the NAWA racer to appear at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 7, 2020.

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