2022 Triumph TE-1

Triumph TE-1 Electric Powertrain Prototype and Bike Design Sketches.

Triumph announced that it was working on the TE-1 electric motorcycle project. It is an exciting road to embark upon, anyone who is interested in cars as well as motorcycles has likely watched the UK electric vehicle industry with a keen and interested eye.

The folks at Hinckley were not interested in starting this journey alone. Instead, they planned to rely on other British companies and their comparative component competencies from the outset. Williams Advanced Engineering which is related to the late, great Formula One dynasty would handle the battery and controller. Integral Powertrain would handle the motor. The University of Warwick would handle benchmarking the prototype and developing plans for how to proceed before that prototype could even be tested.

The Triumph sketches with a TE-1 concept update. They said, are far more Electric Speed Triple than Electric Bonneville, and we are pretty pleased about it. That single sided swingarm, in particular, is quite lovely to behold. There is more to TE-1 than this. According to Triumph, the battery case as stressed member design is more about a broader electric platform than simply limited to this first electric bike design. TE-1 is about carving out a new way of thinking about motorcycles. It is Triumph envisioning itself as something other than just a producer of combustion engined bikes.

While Triumph did invite Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain, and the University of Warwick to each contribute updates regarding their parts of this project, Caution that the team still reckons it is only about halfway to completion. In other words, there are several kilometers to go before we cross the finish line and start talking about the really practical stuff like battery capacities, ranges, charging times, weight, and all the other specs.

Integral Powertrain is so far claiming an equivalent 180 horsepower out of an electric motor that weighs just 10 kilograms. That will be both significant and impressive if it is close to the real world production numbers. They have done this, by combining the inverter and motor into a single compact package, focusing on mass centralization and overall simplification of the entire operational framework. The fully functional prototype motor.

Williams Advanced Engineering is promising impressive, as yet unparalleled energy density and mass reduction out of its battery. However, it is playing all its numbers extremely close to its chest, so that talk is not terribly meaningful just yet. Triumph also unveiled a prototype chassis, which includes a main frame and rear frame, with both the battery and the motor fitted in place. Since it is only halfway to project completion, there is still a long way to go. It is nice to see the progress Triumph has made, as well as to get a few more concrete details that show Hinckley edging one step closer to its electric future.

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