By Troy Siahaan
Triumph has managed to squeak by without much fanfare regarding its TE-1 electric motorcycle prototype for the past two years, partially because it has distracted us with rollouts of so many new or updated models, all with internal combustion engines. Triumph also pulled it off by releasing a press release in 2019 stating its TE-1 project… then staying virtually silent about it all this time later. The onset of a global pandemic also helped steer people’s minds away from the project, but today Triumph has announced it has completed phase 2 of its TE-1 electric motorcycle project, and the details, while still a little vague, already look very promising. It should, considering the talent behind the project.
The four-way partnership between Triumph, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral e-drive, and WMG at the University of Warwick comes as a result of funding by the UK government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, the government’s research and innovation agency that supports business led R&D funding and UK business growth.
So far, based on the information Triumph has given us (you can find the full press release below), Triumph would be poised to lead the field of electric motorcycles – assuming, of course, all its claims hold up to be true. And yes, that’s a big if. However, let’s just take them at their word for now and analyze the information we’ve been given.
The team has successfully created a prototype powertrain, control unit, and battery, while simultaneously developing a chassis it will all fit into. And as you can see from the renderings below, the finished motorcycle will have heavy influences from the Speed/Street Triple design family. But we’ll get into that more later. Right now, let’s take a look at what each group brought to the table.
Williams Advanced Engineering
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