Triumph Motorcycles development of an electric motorcycle has cleared the collaboration stage with the first prototype now ready to begin open-world testing.
The announcement from Triumph overnight has given us our first real glimpse of the new TE-1 prototype, with the bike holding a couple of surprises now it is no longer just a conceptual drawing.
“It has been truly exciting to see the progress made during phase 3 of Project Triumph TE1 with the final prototype motorcycle now going into real-life testing. Everyone involved at Triumph are proud to have been part of this innovative British collaboration. Personally, I am thrilled with the results we have already achieved with our partners, and the exciting preview of the potential electric future to come.” says Triumph CEO, Nick Bloor.
“We look forward to continuing the ambitious and innovative work on the TE-1 demonstrator prototype through the live testing phase and sharing the outcome with Triumph fans across the world.”
The TE-1 demonstrator brings together the work from the multiple companies who are collaborating on the project, which include Williams Advanced Engineering who have been responsible for the battery package, Integral Powertrain who - as their name suggests - have been working on the electric motor, while Triumph has been handling the chassis and styling aspect of the project.
Triumph's final chassis for the TE-1 features an alloy frame and subframe, while the build-out includes top-notch componentry from some of the best in the business. That means braking supplied by Brembo with the Italian firm's monstrous M50 monobloc calipers, Öhlins USD cartridge forks and a prototype Öhlins rear shock. Triumph also supplies the motorcycle control software for the TE-1, presumably based off the software from existing models such as the Speed Triple which the TE-1 has pinched its headlights from.
With the completion of the prototype, the project is moving into its next phase which means real-world testing to see just how good the all-British collaboration has got their electric motorcycle.
Over the next six months, the prototype demonstrator will undertake an extensive live testing programme within Triumph’s state-of-the-art facilities, which will encompass both road and track-based testing to dial in the bike's performance and fine-tune the controls.
Once this next phase of development has been completed (which is currently estimated to be around our winter) the prototype demonstrator will be updated with its final body panels and paint scheme, in preparation for active track demonstration, and media engagement.
At this time, Triumph says the full results of the project including the final specifications and testing outcomes will be published, as well as insights and key facts on how the TE-1 delivers on the project targets for innovation and sets new standards for the motorcycle sector overall, including final battery and range performance.
We look forward to seeing how Triumph's electric stacks up against the already established players such as Zero, LiveWire and Energica.