The Triumph TE-1 Electric Motorcycle

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An electric motorcycle prototype that signals the beginning of a new era.

Part of a collaborative project, TE-1 aims to introduce cutting-edge improvements in the fields of specialist electric motorcycle engineering and integrated technology design. To complete the Phase 3 of the project, Triumph Motorcycles collaborated with UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles funded the project through Innovate UK. Marking the conclusion of the penultimate phase, Triumph introduced the finished prototype of the TE-1 electric motorcycle. The bike incorporates a series of innovative tech and also looks the part with a futuristic-inspired design that blends angular shapes in a dynamic silhouette. Unsurprisingly, however, the most impressive aspects of the build are technical in nature.

The TE-1 prototype features a lot of Triumph parts, from the chassis and frame, to the panels and the wheels. The company also provided the transmission, the electronics, and the control software. Other features include a Gates Carbon belt drive, Brembo M50 monobloc calipers and Öhlins USD cartridge forks as well as a custom Öhlins RSU prototype. Williams Advanced Engineering created the WAE battery pack, DC-DC converter, vehicle control unit, charge port, and integrated cooling.

From Integral Powertrain comes an innovative powertrain with an integrated inverter and motor with cooling and silicon carbide switching technology. WMG at the University of Warwick completed the final simulation to ensure that the prototype is ready for testing. In the next stage, Triumph will begin full testing of the bike in both on-road and on-track conditions. After the completion of this chapter, the bike will enter the finishing process. This will include the completion of the body panels as well as a paint scheme update. Finally, Triumph will release full specs for the TE-1 electric motorcycle, later in 2022. Photography© Triumph Motorcycles.

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