Project Triumph TE-1, which began in 2019, is the company’s move into developing their own electric motorcycle along with all of the related technology necessary for an electric lineup in the future. They’ve now revealed the powertrain and battery plus sketches of the prototype’s design which draws from current models like their Street Triple. It looks good, very good.
The project’s design and development are the result of a collaboration of four partners: Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd.’s e-Drive Division, and WMG, at the University of Warwick. It is important to note, Project TE-1 is funded by the UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), and delivered through Innovate UK with the intention of building British industry.
A major emphasis in the design was to develop a motorcycle with all of the performance and handling a rider would expect from any motorcycle and the motor, controller and battery designs are lightweight and very compact. The motor puts out 180 horsepower at a weight of 10 kilograms (22 pounds). That’s impressive!
This is a major effort for the UK to develop electric vehicle technology and if the actual performance of the prototype matches computer simulations, it should be exciting to see. A running prototype of the TE-1 is expected later this year.