Almost two years ago, Triumph announced that it was working with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop a state-of-the-art electric motorcycle platform. Today we got a first look at what Triumph is up to with the battery concept and the new powertrain.
The TE-1 electric motorcycle is the result of the collaboration of several companies: Triumph takes care of the chassis, very inspired by the Speed Triple, while the battery is designed by Williams Advanced Engineering and the powertrain by Integral Powertrain. Finally, WMG, the University of Warwick, was in charge of creating simulation software to have reliable technical models during phases 1 and 2 of the development.
The project is currently at the end of its phase 2: the chassis is ready as well as the engine and its control unit. These pictures shared today show in which direction the project is going, the design will be finalized at the end of phase 3. Phase 4 consists of rolling a prototype.
A motorcycle that impresses
When working with Williams Advanced Engineering, the former division that harnessed F1 technology and tools for Williams, you can be assured of getting crazy performance.
And indeed, the TE-1 prototype impresses. Its engine weighs 10 kg and it is designed by Integral Powertrain, it produces a maximum output of 130 kW (174 hp) and a continuous output of 80 kW (107 hp). The 360-volt WAE battery is capable of sending a power of 170 kW (228 hp), with a charging time of less than 20 minutes for a charge of 0 to 80%.
The battery capacity is 15 kWh – a little more than what Zero’s SR / F offers, this could provide around 200 km of range. Here again, WAE and Integral seem very enthusiastic, they evoke a major advance in terms of energy density and weight reduction. In total, the TA-1 will be 220 kilograms. All these figures obviously lead to confronting the Zero Motorcycles SR / F as well as the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
Regarding the design of the TE-1 motorcycle, the current shots are not too far removed from what we might see in production, once they add mirrors, turn signals and a rear fender. We should find a working prototype by the end of 2021.