Triumph Motorcycles has showcased the TE-1 concept and it makes us believe that it could be the underpinnings for a (supposedly) all-electric Triumph Street or Speed Triple naked motorcycle
Triumph has showcased its new concept, the TE-1 all-electric motorcycle. Although the styling and riding dynamic bits have been engineered by the British motorcycle maker, the concept has been co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd.’s e-Drive Division, and WMG at the University of Warwick. The Project TE-1 is funded by the UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
The powerhouse of the TE-1 is a Carbide inverter which claims to have improved the drivetrain efficiency. The electric motor, on the other hand, is capable of delivering power up to 177bhp and weighs only 10kg. Triumph has also tweaked things such as the throttle response, regen braking, and traction control to keep the riding dynamics familiar to a Triumph motorcycle.
The styling sketches that were unveiled resemble design cues from Triumph’s Street Triple and Speed Triple series. It is safe to expect an all-electric version of the Triumph’s Street Triple or a Speed Triple that will be heavily based on the TE-1 Concept. The TE-1 Project was announced back in May 2019 and while the company has just teased us with the design sketches and drive train information - We assume that a production ready motorcycle based on the TE-1 concept will be unveiled by year end. The European markets might get the production spec model of the Triumph TE-1 sooner than other markets - by sometime in 2022.
Given the flexibility of the platform, the TE-1 could also be used in Triumph’s other motorcycle, so the only question that remains is - Could there be an all-electric Triumph Daytona in the near, or distant future?