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Charging ahead: Light, fast electric motorcycle with decent range – TE-1 project details revealed by Triumph


Back in May 2019, Triumph teased us with sketches of a new electric motorcycle project.

Now the British bike company has revealed phase two of its TE-1 electric bike project – as part of a collaboration with British engineering firms and academics.

And the result is a prototype that on paper at least will fundamentally change the direction of the Triumph and lay the foundation for a bright green future.

Now that they’ve developed a tangible test machine, Triumph engineers have revealed some pretty impressive stats – a 174hp electric motor in a bike that weighs 220kg, with a battery charge time that will give you 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes, and a range just shy of 200km.

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Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

The collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick funded by the UK’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, has achieved impressive results so far.

The battery itself weights just 10kg, significantly less than other automotive batteries. With this reveal of the battery and powertrain prototype, initial high level performance results, and the first design concept drawings for the Project TE-1, the next phase of the project will be the construction of a prototype machine, scheduled for completion in October of this year..

“One of the most influential factors in how well a motorcycle handles and performs is mass, so at Integral Powertrain we have focused heavily on making a step change in motor and inverter design, removing heavy high voltage cables for example. This delivers a product that is significantly more compact and lighter than anything currently available on the market. The motor produces 130kW or almost 180 horsepower, but weighs only 10 kilograms, much lighter than existing technology and clearly a small fraction of the mass of traditional internal combustion engines.” said Andrew Cross, chief technical officer at Integral Powertrain Ltd.

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Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Throughout phase two of the project, Triumph has developed all-new advanced vehicle control software, incorporating all of the electrical systems to ensure intuitive throttle response, regen braking, traction control and all of the dimensions that you’d expect from a high-performance motorcycle.

“The starting point for us in the TE-1 project was to gather important customer feedback about what riders really want from their motorcycles and understand how an electric motorcycle can provide the experience that riders desire,” said Steve Sargent, Triumph’s chief product officer.

"This includes considering the type of riding, range, feel and nature of power and torque delivery together with the ergonomics and bike controls. Taking all of this feedback into consideration we began the chassis design, focusing on bringing everything together on the TE-1 Prototype in a way that provides a riding experience that is exciting and new but ultimately familiar.

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Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

Triumph TE-1 electric bike project

"We have begun to define the powertrain and battery interaction through the use of software refinement to deliver an exhilarating power delivery and throttle response, which provides great control and feels intuitive to the rider. Overall with the styling we wanted to create something that is fresh and exciting but a natural evolution of the Triumph brand. Something desirable in its own right, with distinctive Triumph DNA and definitely not something that is different just for the sake of being different.

"Pulling all of this together with the partners we are thrilled to see the progress of such an exciting demonstration vehicle which incorporates the cutting-edge technology needed to guide the strategy for the future roadmap of electric motorcycles from Triumph”

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