Triumph Motorcycles Announces Electric Motorcycle Project

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May 21 2019

Triumph Motorcycles announced the collaboration with UK industry experts and academic leaders to develop specialist motorcycle technology.

Triumph Motorcycles is collaborating with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick. Project Triumph TE-1 is a two-year project aimed at developing and refining electric motorcycle capabilities for Triumph’s future electric motorcycle offerings. “This new collaboration represents an exciting opportunity for Triumph and its partners to be leaders in the technology that will enable the electrification of motorcycles, which is driven by customers striving to reduce their environmental impact, combined with the desire for more economical transportation and changing legislation,” said Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO. “Project Triumph TE-1 is one part of our electric motorcycle strategy, focused on delivering what riders want and expect from their Triumph, which is the perfect balance of handling, performance and usability.”

Triumph Motorcycles will be heading the project with advanced motorcycle chassis design, engineering, manufacturing and safety expertise. Williams Advance Engineering will be creating industry-leading lightweight battery design for the project along with battery management system and vehicle control unit. While Integral Powertrain Ltd. will lead the development of bespoke power-dense motors and a silicon carbide inverter. R&D, simulations, and expertise will be provided by WMG at University of Warwick, while Innovate UK will be supporting the project through funding with goals of promoting science and technology programs. 

The project will be divided into four main phases, with one of it’s key goals to deliver sophisticated electric motorcycle systems which reduce mass, complexity and package requirements. Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer said “Our future product strategy is focused on delivering the most suitable engine platforms for the changing landscape of customer needs, and we see a Triumph electric powertrain as a significant requirement alongside our signature twin and triple cylinder engines. As part of our electric motorcycle initiative, Project Triumph TE-1 represents an exciting collaboration that will provide valuable input into our future line-up. We are incredibly pleased to have the support of OLEV and Innovate UK, and to be working together with the UK’s electrification experts and academic leaders, in an endeavour that ultimately is focused on the future prosperity of British industry, and the future of motorcycling.”


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