Triumph Motorcycles has announced that Phase 3 testing of its Project Triumph TE-1 electric motorcycle (e-bike) has been completed. Basically, this phase involves the assembly of a fully functional prototype of the vehicle, which the company is now proudly showcasing on its official website.
To bring you up to speed, the TE-1 is a collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), Integral Powertrain Ltd, and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). The project is also funded by the UK’s Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles via Innovate UK agency. Phase 1 of the project was the conceptualisation and planning stage for the e-bike, while Phase 2 is the development of its electric powertrain which was completed in March of last year.
In regards to the latter, the TE-1’s powertrain is claimed to output 80kW (107 hp) continuously via its electric motor- peaking at 130kW (174 hp). It also comes with a WAE-developed 360-volt battery with a capacity of 15kWh, which is capable of delivering around 200km of range between charges. In addition, Triumph says that the bike’s battery is equipped with fast charging capability that is claimed to top-up its capacity from zero to 80% in just 20 minutes.
The finalised TE-1 prototype follows much of the concept art which Triumph had showcased prior to this. Aside from drawing inspiration from the brand’s own Speed Triple R model, the e-bike also incorporates a futuristic design that is aimed to appeal towards fans and enthusiasts alike. Featured onboard is the finalised drive system and transmission, Gates Carbon belt drive, the aforementioned battery pack by WAE, scalable integrated inverter and combined motor with integrated cooling by Integral Powertrain, M50 Monoblock brake calipers by Brembo, and front forks and RSU rear suspension by Ohlins. Meanwhile, WMG was responsible for the final pre-live trial simulation for the bike.
Triumph says Project TE-1 is slated to enter Phase 4 testing in mid-2022. This will include road testing to calibrate its throttle, performance mapping, as well as power and torque output. Also part of the phase are track tests that will evaluate the e-bike’s handling, acceleration, braking (and regenerative braking), traction control, and wheelie control.
(Source / Additional images: Triumph [Official website])