Supercapacitors give the motorcycle more power and range

The electric motorcycle gets the world’s first hybrid battery with super capacitors. However, the technology can be applied to all types of electric vehicles. According to Nawa, you can halve the weight of the lithium-ion battery – or choose to double the range.

There has been speculation about when one of the major electric car manufacturers will incorporate supercapacitors in the vehicles. Now it is instead Nawa Technologies which launches the technology in its new electric motorcycle.

Supercapacitors, also called ultracapacitors, store energy in an electric field. This is usually done by using porous carbon. Considering how much energy is captured through an electric motorcycle’s brake force recovery, it is a smart alternative to be able to return the energy when the gas is turned on, and thus avoid draining the battery.

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For supercapacitors can be charged and discharged within a few seconds – and for short periods they can give off very high effects. In addition, they can handle an enormous number of discharges, which gives an even longer life than batteries.

A drivable version of the prototype Nawa Racer will be presented during the summer. It will be equipped with the world’s first hybrid battery, which is said to provide ten times more power and five times more energy than existing supercapacitors. However, the hybrid battery can be applied to all types of electric vehicles, and according to Nawa, the technology can either halve the weight of the lithium-ion battery or provide double the range.


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