Triumph Motorcycles have proudly announced the phase 4 test completion of the Project TE-1 Prototype electric super sport motorcycle. If you wanted one as bad as we did, they’ll soon release the production version. Most riders who’ve ridden Triumph bikes know why this TE-1 prototype is so important because all Triumphs handle like a dream.
Engineers have kept the weight of the TE-1 comparatively lower than other competitors at 485 lbs. Umm, yes that sounds higher than its internal combustion brethren, but then battery packs are heavy folks. Harley-Davidson Livewire weighs nearly 550 lbs (although S2 Del Mar will be much lighter at 440 lbs), the exotic Energica EVA RS weighs 573 lbs, and Lightning LS-218 is 495 lbs.
Another expectation is the relatively affordable price. Triumph motorcycles are generally priced well, which should make the TE-1-based production equivalent to praiseworthy when it gets launched. The whole project pivots on the scalability enhancement of the electric powertrain for two-wheelers.
Triumph And Williams Have Created A Silent Monster
All the collaborators have given their best on the project, Triumph Motorcycles leads for chassis and design, Williams Advanced Engineering for battery management system and vehicle control unit, Helix is developing power-dense electric motors, and inverter, and WMG – University of Warwick offered their modeling and simulation expertise. TE-1 Project’s battery pack claims a charging time of 0-80% at a preferable 20 minutes.
With the rising number of charging stations promised by the Biden-Harris administration (250,000 chargers per year), it should be fairly easy to keep your Triumph energized. TE-1 project achieved 100 miles per full charge which will make track day sessions easy as well.
And since it’s a Triumph, you will take it to the track. On the road, the TE-1 project will get support from regenerative braking to return some energy to the batteries thus possibly prolonging the overall range. Remember this is just a test bed for the future electric models that Triumph will design on this platform.
Triumph TE-1 Prototype Promises Of A Dynamic And Lively Riding Experience
The big headlines for Triumph aficionados are the handling and throttle mapping replicate the crisp response of the current generation Speed Triple 1200 RS (which is an absolute hoot to ride). Engineers have also created a new electric soundtrack which they promise will provide riders with an exhilarating soundtrack.
We’ve all been used to the triple singing while burning high octane fuel, but this new ‘silent crescendo’ from the helical gear pair primary transmission is something to look forward to (with a skeptical face). The eagle-eyed readers must’ve already seen the ergonomics mirror the Speed Triple 1200 RS too.
The entire concept is mostly the excellent Speed Triple. And when Brandon Paasch, Daytona 200 Champion-Triumph Street Triple 765 RS, says the throttle response is instant, you can trust the engineers have met all the desired targets on the final prototype. He mentions that quick steering and agile handling will aid the street riding experience of the TE-1.
An Exhilarating Future Of Triumph EVs Awaits
The 175 horsepower TE-1 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds. Combine this with the higher power-to-weight ratio and Triumph’s future electric motorcycles will be holding the brand’s DNA trident up high. Helix’s Scalable Integrated Modular Inverter (SIMI) motor has higher density outputs which are enabled beyond the roadmap targets for 2025.
This will result in the development of better-performing motors at lower manufacturing costs, which will further enhance scalability for mass production. It is great to see several expert collaborators working towards the common goal of affordability in electrification while preserving the pleasure at the core of motorcycles (although we think it was Triumph engineers hammering the motorcycling bit).
Phase 4 is now complete for this two-year-long TE-1 prototype project. With the milestones and targets achieved, Triumph can now plan an interesting line-up for its all-electric range of motorcycles that can soon be released in the market, hopefully just in time as the charging network starts expanding.
Additionally, the onset of Triumph’s achievement should also boot other manufacturers to speed up their development cycles, can’t let the Brits hog all the glory. On the other hand, Triumph has always delivered a unique and unmatched riding experience. So their electric strategy needs to be sound enough to convince the motorcycling crowd to stay excited about the future of performance motorcycling.
There will be ample opportunities to extract more performance from electric motors and fine-tune their handling dynamics to keep track days interesting. The successful testing of the TE-1 also shows how charging times are falling to solve the initial range-anxiety issues that plague electric motorcycles. It’s 2022 fellas, just a little more patience and electrification will become way more interesting than it is being portrayed currently.
Source: Triumph Motorcycles