Triumph Motorcycles has announced collaboration with four major UK industry experts – Williams Advanced engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd., e-Drive Division and WMG at University of Warwick, to develop specialist electric motorcycle technology and innovative integrated solutions. The two year project will provide input into potential future electric motorcycle offers from Triumph. It is supported and co-funded by UK government’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), via Innovate UK. A two-year project focused on developing technical innovation and advanced electric motorcycle capabilities.
The project will be organised into four main phases, with one of its key aims being increased systems integration. By developing individual components of automotive-based electric drivetrains and optimising them into innovative combined units, the project aims to deliver sophisticated electric motorcycle systems which reduce mass, complexity and package requirements. The new collaboration will combine Triumph’s globally renowned motorcycle expertise with advanced automotive-based capabilities to generate technological innovation for future electric motorcycles.
Nick Bloor, CEO, Triumph, said Project Triumph TE-1 is focussed on delivering what riders want and expect form their Triumph, a balance of handling, performance and usability.
Triumph Motorcycles will work alongside the partner organisations to accelerate joint expertise 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. The innovation and capabilities developed in these areas will input into Triumph’s future electric motorcycle strategy.
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.
Triumph Motorcycles will lead the project, providing advanced motorcycle chassis design and engineering expertise, manufacturing excellence and pioneering functional safety systems, as well as defining electric drivetrain power delivery characteristics.
Williams Advanced Engineering will provide industry-leading lightweight battery design and integration capability, using its test and development facilities to deliver an innovative battery management system combined with vehicle control unit.
Integral Powertrain Ltd.’s e-Drive Division will lead the development of bespoke power-dense electric motors and a silicon carbide inverter, integrating both into a singular motor housing.
WMG, at the University of Warwick will provide electrification expertise, and the critical vision to drive innovation from R&D to commercial impact, through modelling and simulation based on future market needs.
Innovate UK, the government agency that promotes science and technology programmes expected to grow the UK economy, will support the partners and administer funds. This forms part of the BEIS modern funding strategy with the aim of creating a market-leading UK electric vehicle capability.