TRIUMPH TE-1 - Triumph announces the completion of the development of the electric TE-1 project; the electric motorcycle of the English company has completed road tests, the last phase of the project. Among the data released by Triumph, the power (173hp) and the weight (220kg) stand out.
TRIUMPH TE-1 - The project born in May 2019, is focused on the development of technologies for an electric motorcycle and involves the participation of Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG of the University of Warwick and is funded by UK Zero Emission Vehicle Office. The overall objective of the TE-1 project was focused on developing electric motorcycle design and manufacturing capabilities in order to contribute to Triumph's future electric motorcycles.
This is the division of roles between the four parties involved:
Triumph: chassis, dashboard, transmission system, electronics, suspension (Öhlins), brakes (Brembo) and motorcycle control software;
Williams Advanced Engineering: vehicle control unit, battery prototype, DCDC converter, cooling system, charging system and carbon casing;
Integral Powertrain: final prototype of the motor with integrated inverter and cooling system;
WMG, University of Warwick: performance simulations
With the completion of the fourth and final phase of the program, the one aimed at studying road behavior, the development of Triumph's first electric prototype ends. These are the data and performances of the TE-1.
The Triumph TE-1 prototype met all of the project's objectives with regards to the energy capacity of the Williams-developed battery, with a range of 161 km (100 miles), based on actual road tests.
Regenerative braking has been successfully developed and has shown potential for further optimization, which could further improve the range of future Triumph electric motorcycles.
With a level of performance similar to that of the current Speed Triple 1200, the TE-1 prototype delivers peak power of 130kW (175hp) and peak torque of 109Nm (80 lb-ft), for immediate responsiveness and a fluid and controlled power throughout the entire rev range. The TE-1 achieved the result of acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h of 3,6 seconds and from 0 to 160 km/h of 6,2 seconds.
With further refinement of the electronics, including the traction control system and wheelie control, the TE-1 project team expects performance to be further improved by harnessing the full torque potential to enable a better acceleration..
Daytona 200 champion Brandon Paasch participated in the final stage of testing, engine performance evaluation and final prototype tuning through track testing. These are his words.
“The throttle response on the TE-1 is kind of incredible, it’s very torquey and when you first touch the throttle it’s instant power, which is obviously what I love as a motorcycle racer – I love when it’s super-torquey and picks up right away, so for me it was a really great experience” said Brandon. “I got to peg this thing all the way from zero to 100% throttle and it’s unbelievably quick, it pulls like crazy.
I wish I’d had this at Daytona, that acceleration in this chassis, and how it corners – wow!” said Brandon Paasch. “I think this would be a really nice motorcycle to ride on the street, just based on how nimble and agile it is, and how light it feels.”
With an overall weight of 220kg, the TE-1 is among the lightest electric bikes and has a high power-to-weight ratio. The physical dimensions are comparable to that of a Street Triple, but the ergonomics, geometry and weight distribution are those of a Speed Triple.
Advances in battery and charging technologies developed as part of the Triumph TE-1 project, in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), have resulted in a charging time of 20 minutes (0 to 80%), reaching with the objectives set by Innovate UK, the government agency for research and innovation that finances the project, were successful.
Photos: Triumph Motorcycles
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