Triumph Motorcycles has revealed more details of its Triumph TE-1 development project following the completion of final testing.
This electric motorbike prototype won’t go into production but Triumph confirms development of the first in a new generation of electric production bikes is now underway.
The 135mph TE-1 draws heavily on the attributes of the 1160cc, Triumph Speed Triple producing 175bhp compared to 177.5 bhp for the three-cylinder machine. Peak torque is 80lb ft giving the electric bike a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds and, bettering the Triple, a 0-100mph time of 6.2 seconds.
Range is claimed to be best in class at 100 miles (on the official WMTC test cycle) and the battery can be charged from 0-80% in 20 minutes on a 50kW charger. In common with all EVs, the Triumph has regenerative braking which is fully integrated with the ABS braking system.
Design is a tight fit with existing production Triumphs despite the radical drivetrain and technology beneath the exterior and that’s deliberate, explains Triumph’s chief product officer, Steve Sargent. “The objective is to make something which sits within the Triumph family. We’ve seen some weird and whacky EV two-wheelers around but we think it’s a lot easier to get customers into electric vehicles if design isn’t a barrier to them.”
The TE-1 has been developed in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering, which between 2014 and 2018 was the sole battery supplier to Formula E and also designed and supplied the batteries for F1 KERS systems. Other partners were Integral Powertrain Ltd and WMG at the University of Warwick.
The engineering teams concentrated on designing a motorcycle that was as light as possible and at 220kg, the final result comes in at 25% lighter than some competitors. In comparison, the Speed Triple weighs 199kg with fuel and fluids, while some less performance orientated bikes of similar size and capacity tip the scales at a lot more. Part of the success in paring down the weight of the TE-1 is possibly due to the fact that its overall size is closer to that of the Speed Triple’s smaller sister, the Street Triple.