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Triumph Motorcycles Reveals a Working Prototype of Its Very First Electric Model

Triumph Motorcycles said in mid-2019 that it had recently begun a multi-year initiative to develop a cutting-edge electric motorcycle. The two-wheeled EV, dubbed the “TE-1,” was first seen in sketches in March of last year, but the Hinckley company has now revealed that it has finished the third phase of the project, removing the lid from a functional prototype that will shortly undergo live testing.

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The TE-1 is based on the famous Street and Speed Triple models from the British motorcycle manufacturer, but it replaces the naked triple’s inline-three engines with a cutting-edge EV powertrain while keeping the brand’s characteristic design language. The goal of the project was to create a bench-tested prototype electric motor capable of generating 130kW (180hp) while weighing under 10kg (22lbs), which Triumph almost likely accomplished. The TE-1 is the result of a long-term partnership between Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd in the United Kingdom, and WMG at the University of Warwick, the latter of which is financed by the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles through the Innovate UK project.

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The prototype TE-1 is built on a custom chassis and subframe and has prototype hlins RSU suspension, Brembo M50 monobloc callipers, carbon fibre side-covers, a WAE-developed carbon battery box, and Triumph’s own proprietary motorcycle management software. The prototype’s powertrain includes a scalable integrated inverter, a combined motor with silicon carbide switching technology, and an innovative integrated cooling system that sends power to the ground via a top-of-the-line Gates Carbon belt drive.

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The fourth phase of the project will be comprised of a battery of rolling road tests including dialing in the TE-1’s throttle calibration, powertrain mapping, thermal optimization, ride mode development, and a range and battery-pack consumption assessment. This will be followed by on-track testing that will focus on the EV’s handling, acceleration, and rider assist systems such as traction control and front-wheel lift mitigation. There’s been no word on pricing or availability, though we imagine it’s only a matter of time until Triumph brings the TE-1 to market.

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