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‘Triumph Project TE-1’ will be an electric motorcycle

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Written by Nizam Shaikh

Triumph has recently announced a collaboration with market leaders to develop an electric motorcycle technology for the future. Triumph will partner with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd., and WMG at the University of Warwick for vital inputs in the electric technology.

The four industry leaders are co-funded by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via Innovate UK. The project will have a time span of two years and will focus on developing electric motorcycle capabilities with the help of Triumph. The collaboration will enable more economical modes of transportation with a balance of handling, performance and usability. It has been christened as ‘Project Triumph TE-1’.

The Project Triumph TE-1 will be led by Triumph Motorcycles and the brand will provide the motorcycle chassis, design and engineering expertise. It will also be responsible for providing functional safety systems and drivetrain components. Williams Advanced Engineering will provide lightweight battery design, battery management system and vehicle control unit. The battery integration will be implemented using the Williams Advanced Engineering test and development facilities. Integral Powertrain Ltd. will develop the power-dense electric motor with a silicon carbide inverter and integrate them into a single unit. WMG, at the University of Warwick through their modelling and simulation will provide with the electrification expertise and vision for the future requirements.

Innovate UK which is a Government agency will provide support by administering funds through the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which aims to create market-leading electric vehicle capabilities. The project will be comprised of four main phases and will be focused on systems integration, developing components of the electric drivetrains, optimising the drivetrain components and delivery of the electric motorcycle systems.

Triumph Motorcycles and their partners will work together to optimize, the safety of the batteries, motor sizing and packaging. They will also jointly expedite the integration of braking systems along with regenerative braking systems and advanced safety systems.

The project aims to promote electric motorcycles that meet the needs of the consumer who seek lower emission modes of transport, which is also the country’s focus. The project will create jobs of different skill sets and strengthen sustainable partnerships with UK’s manufacturing and supply chains with the support of Innovate UK.