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Triumph to develop its first electric motorcycle

20/05/2019
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Iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph may be most well-known for its character-filled three-cylinder engines, but now it’s aiming to become an industry-leader in electric motorcycle powertrains… with a little help from F1 pioneers, Williams Engineering.
The results of the collaboration with Williams Engineering will inform Triumph's future electric motorcycles.
(The results of the collaboration with Williams Engineering will inform Triumph’s future electric motorcycles. Image via Triumph).

The collaboration, named Project Triumph TE-1, takes the form of a two-year project funded by the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) focused on developing electric motorcycle capabilities. Other partners included within the project are Integral Powertrain Ltd’s e-Drive Division, and WMG, at the University of Warwick.

Taking place across four phases the project will aim to increase systems integration. A statement from the company describes this as ‘developing individual components of automotive-based electric drivetrains and optimising them into innovative combined units’ to ‘deliver sophisticated electric motorcycle systems which reduce mass, complexity and package requirements.’

Triumph will also be looking to pursue development in the packaging and safety of batteries, optimum electric motor sizing and packaging, the integration of braking systems including regenerative braking, and advanced safety systems.

Commenting on the new collaboration, Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said:

“The team at Williams Advanced Engineering is looking forward to applying our expertise in the electrification of transport with our partners. Williams has powered a number of world-renowned electric vehicles already and this will be a significant further step in our work by taking that knowledge onto two wheels”.

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 Innovative 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”.

Here at EngineeringPro we’ll be eagerly anticipating the results of this collaboration between two motor-industry giants. Plus, we’re optimistic that Project Triumph TE-1 will provide a welcome boost to Britain’s engineering skills base.

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