Williams Advanced Engineering helped design the e-bike.
As the name CarBuzz suggests, we're not really into motorcycles here. If you're not careful, they fall over when you're stationary and try to kill you when you're not. However, when there's something really special, we have to cover it. For example, when the BMW M3 got a new cousin with the addition of the M 1000 RR back in 2020, we just had to take a closer look. We've actually featured it a few times here, but it's not the only one. We've also looked at the first-ever Brabus motorcycle and have taken a keen interest in electric bikes too, and that's what we're delving into again today with this, the reveal of the Project Triumph TE-1.
It's the British brand's first-ever electric motorcycle and was developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, the same people that are helping Singer and even Porsche itself. Triumph also enlisted the help of Integral Powertrains and the University of Warwick. To be clear, the motorcycle is still just a prototype, but now it's about to begin a six-month testing cycle on both a rolling road and the track. Triumph says that the Williams-developed powertrain "will set new standards for electric bike performance, with class-leading power, efficiency, charging time, and range." But is it powerful? And how long does it take to charge a bike like this?
The battery has the ability to deliver peak power of 170 kilowatts or 228 horsepower with a continuous output of 90 kW or 121 hp. The battery also has a capacity of 15 kWh. In terms of usable power, the TE-1 delivers 130 kW/174 hp at peak and 80 kW/107 hp continuously. The 360-volt system allows one to make use of fast charging, taking the battery from 0-80% in under 20 minutes. Sadly, that's all we know about the charging specifications at this time, and it's unclear what the final range estimate will be, but there's still much to do. Once testing is complete this summer, the TE-1 will get its final body panels and will be ready for demonstrations.
Triumph boss Nick Bloor says that he is "thrilled with the results" that have already been achieved but has not indicated if a production version will arrive or when.