Triumph amped about its future electric motorcycle
There had been whispers and now it’s official: Triumph is partnering with UK industry experts to develop electric motorcycle technology for future models.
The two-year project involves Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd’s e-Drive division, and WMG (formerly Warwick Manufacturing Group), a division of the University of Warwick. Government funding will help underwrite the ambitious project which aims to develop electric motorcycle capabilities, and ultimately a pure electric Triumph model.
“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” said Triumph CEO, Nick Bloor. The initiative “is driven by customers striving to reduce their environmental impact, combined with the desire for more economical transportation, and changing legislation” he added.
Triumph Motorcycles will lead the initiative, dubbed Project Triumph TE-1, providing experience with motorcycle chassis design and engineering, and defining electric drivetrain power delivery characteristics.
Williams Advanced Engineering will contribute with its expertise in lightweight battery design and integration capability, while Integral Powertrain will develop electric motors and inverters, integrating both into a single housing.
WMG will provide electrification expertise, and help with commercialisation via modelling and simulation.
Innovate UK, the government agency that promotes science and technology, will support those involved and help with funding. One of its primary aims is for the UK to become a market leader in electric vehicle capability.
A key project goal is systems integration, individual components combined optimally to reduce mass and complexity. Other aims include the packaging and safety of batteries, optimum motor sizing and packaging, the integration of braking systems to include regenerative braking, and development of advanced safety systems. The innovation and capabilities developed in these areas will input into Triumph’s future electric motorcycle strategy.
Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, commented “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.”