Triumph and Williams Advanced Engineering Reveal e-Powertrain for TE-1 Project

Triumph is a famous name in the motorcycle world and has, in its original incarnation as well as the new, delivered innovative, attractive two-wheeled machines. And that track record looks set to continue as the company, along with partners, has revealed more details on its TE-1 electric bike project as it completes phase 2 of a four-phase program.

Starting in May 2019, the TE-1 project has focused on developing specialist electric motorcycle technology and integrated solutions, and comes via a collaboration between Triumph, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick. Funding has been provided by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles via Innovate UK – a public body that is part of the government’s UK Research and Innovation organisation.

Central to the project is the new battery powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), and the companies claim the battery system will allow riders to use more electric power and deliver outstanding performance regardless of battery charge, as well as offering rapid charging times.

The all-new battery has peak power of 170kW and continuous power of 90kW, with a capacity of 15kWh. This enables the motorbike to deliver 130kW of peak power and 80kW of continuous power. The 360-volt system also enables a fast-charging time of under 20mins (0-80 per cent), and will, the companies say, be paired with a market-leading target range.

WAE provided the lightweight battery design and integration capability, using its test and development facilities to deliver a battery management system combined with vehicle control unit. Results have, the company says, resulted in performance that exceeds any current technology in terms of power and energy density.

WAE also adjusted the battery module layout to balance mass and positioning within the prototype chassis taking into consideration centre of gravity, space and relationship with the powertrain and charging approach. A bespoke vehicle control unit has been integrated into the battery pack to minimise weight and packaging.

“The completion of Phase 2, and the promising results achieved to date, provide an exciting glimpse of the potential electric future and showcase the talent and innovation of this unique British collaboration,” said Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO, in a statement.

“This important project will provide one of the foundations for our future electric motorcycle strategy, which is ultimately focused on delivering what riders want from their Triumph; the perfect balance of performance, handling and real-world usability, with genuine Triumph character.”

VIDEO: Project Triumph TE-1

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