- An electric motorcycle with a well-known brand name
- Picture gallery: Triumph TE-1 chassis prototype and design sketches
An electric motorcycle with a well-known brand name
In May 2019, Triumph first announced that they were working on a mysterious electric motorcycle project called the TE-1. An exciting statement and so has in the past two years everyone who is both in favor of cars as well as for two-wheelers interested, watching the UK electric vehicle industry with a keen and interested eye.
But from the beginning. What happened? The Triumph people from Hinckley weren't interested in starting development on their own. Instead, they wanted to rely on other UK companies and their skills right from the start. Williams Advanced Engineering – which is associated with the great Formula 1 dynasty – should take over the battery and the control unit. Integral Powertrain would take care of the engine.
Finally, the University of Warwick would benchmark the prototype and develop plans for how to proceed before the prototype could even be tested. It's now March 2021 and Triumph is back with a TE-1 update. The concept sketches, it must be said, are much more electric Speed Triple than E-Bonneville.
But TE-1 has even more to offer. According to Triumph, the construction of the battery case as a support is about an electric platform, which is not just limited to this first electric motorcycle. TE-1 is about creating a new way of thinking about motorcycles. In the long term, Triumph no longer sees itself as just a manufacturer of motorcycles with internal combustion engines.
Still, even after two years there still seem to be a few kilometers ahead of the Triumph team before we can start talking about the really practical things like battery capacities, ranges, charging times, weight and all the other specifications. We're also still miles away from production times, sales, and even basic pricing issues.
Nevertheless there are updates: Integral Powertrain claims that the electric motor, which weighs only 10 kilograms, should develop an output of 180 hp. That would be impressive if this data is close to the real production figures. Meanwhile, Williams Advanced Engineering promises impressive, unprecedented energy density and mass reduction for its battery. However, the company is still keeping a low profile with its figures, so these statements are not yet very meaningful.
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Triumph has also unveiled a prototype of the chassis, which includes a main frame and a rear frame that houses both the battery and engine. As the project is only halfway through, there is still a long way to go. Still, it's nice to see the progress Triumph has made.
Picture gallery: Triumph TE-1 chassis prototype and design sketches
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