NAWA: World’s First Hybrid Battery-Powered Electric Motorcycle to Debut at EICMA


A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, side view

Since the pandemic, riders and motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide have waited until the return of the world’s largest motorcycle show. To say that this year’s EICMA is going to blow the minds of everybody there is a bit of an understatement – especially given that so many companies have been waiting to drop their latest and greatest on the prime showroom floor.

A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, side front view

Take this most recent news from News18, for instance.

A company named NAWA has just revealed that their newest brainchild is an all-electric, hybrid battery concept, putting the Nawa Racer as the first of its kind to be made eventually available to the masses. The bike will be debuting at EICMA in a handful of hours – but what we’re more interested in is how they got the bloody thing to work. 

A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, side front view, close-up

Despite recent (and ongoing) restrictions, NAWA has survived the odds – and the Racer sports more than a few revolutionary bits and bobs. 

We’re talking a set of next-gen nano-based ultracapacitors, dubbed NAWAcap, with the report stating that the Racer is the company’s first zero-emission electric motorbike to house such cutting-edge technology. 

A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, side front view

“The developers of the bike have combined the nano-based ultra-capacitors with conventional lithium-ion cells to create a hybrid battery system,” continues the report. 

“…thanks to this hybrid battery system, the bike will have the ability to store energy in start-stop riding conditions.” 

A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, side view

“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,” said Pascal Boulanger, Founder of NAWA Technologies, and CTO in a NAWA press release.

“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.”

A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, rear side view

This is what companies worldwide have been trying to harness – a way to house larger amounts of electric energy without the machine leaking too much juice, overcharging the battery, or displaying wimpy range.

(In case you’re wondering, NAWA’s new pupper is apparently capable of a 300-mile range. Miles, not kilometers.)

A view of the world's first hybrid electric motorcycle, available from NAWA and debuting as an electric motorbike concept for 2021 EICMA: Press release media, rear side view

EICMA opens tomorrow, but that’s still not soon enough for us…regardless, we will keep you posted on other news as it comes down our pipeline.  In the meantime, be sure to check in on the new bikes Kawasaki and MV Agusta will be revealing at EICMA, as well as Rossi’s “One More Lap” event. 

Drop a comment below, we love hearing what you think – and as always, stay safe on the twisties.

3 Comments

  1. Tobias
    November 23, 2021
    Reply

    While interesting, this bike is not a “hybrid” in the common usage of that word… i.e. gas/electric. It’s kind of a non-sequitur then to compare it to Kawasaki and BMW’s hybrid projects, which include petrol engines. They are not comparable at all. This thing is a fully electric plug-in machine that just happens to use the word “hybrid” to describe its battery.

    • November 23, 2021
      Reply

      Hello Tobias,
      Ah, good catch – Kawasaki and BMW are working on something that shouldn’t be compared to this new ultra-capacitor.
      I’ve remedied the article to suit the topic, thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment.

      Cheers,
      Amanda

  2. Suman
    November 24, 2021
    Reply

    Curious about this bike since it has decent looks and the combination of an “ultra-capacitor” and battery will allegedly allow a smaller, lighter battery pack, improving overall weight & dynamics. I saw elsewhere that the range would be 186 miles / 300 km, so I hope that gets clarified when they officially reveal it. Also hope it’s affordable – even the lower range figure would more than meet my needs.

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