Triumph is engaged on a prototype electrical bike, as a part of its plans to launch a carbon impartial automobile that its clients will love simply as a lot as its petrol fashions.
The Hinckley-based bike builder mentioned it had efficiently built a prototype motor and powertrain comply with a yr of R&D.
It’s engaged on the plans – labelled Challenge TE-1 – with three different corporations and mentioned the outcomes to this point had proven glorious potential.
Its goal is to create an electrical bike with low carbon emissions however with out compromising on the driving expertise.
The subsequent stage will likely be constructing a operating mannequin primarily based on a sports roadster, with a stripped again, aggressive look impressed by Triumph’s Velocity and Avenue Triple bikes. Will probably be revealed later this yr.
Triumph chief product officer Steve Sargent mentioned the bike builder had been main the mission, bringing collectively expertise from 4 companions to “ship an electrical motorbike that feels and performs like a Triumph with none compromise”.
He mentioned: “In essence, the mission is all about making a platform for Triumph’s future electrical bikes, hand-in-hand with the creation of the powertrain, battery and the infrastructure that makes this potential.
“This can be a ground-breaking collaboration between our 4 main UK trade and tutorial leaders to generate technological innovation for future electrical bikes.”
Williams Superior Engineering has been engaged on a brand new light-weight battery and management unit as a part of the partnership, whereas Integral Powertrain Ltd’s e-Drive division has developed a 180 horsepower motor which weighs simply 10kg.
The opposite companion is the Warwick Manufacturing Group on the College of Warwick which is offering its experience in modelling and simulation to “drive innovation from R&D to business actuality”.
The mission has had funding and assist from Innovate UK and the Authorities’s Workplace for Zero Emission Automobiles.
Triumph chief govt Nick Bloor mentioned finishing of the second section of the mission and the promising outcomes to this point, supplied an “thrilling glimpse” of the potential electrical future.
He mentioned: “Doubtless the end result of this mission will play a major half in our future efforts to fulfill our buyer’s ambition and want to cut back their environmental affect and for extra sustainable transportation.
“This vital mission will present one of many foundations for our future electrical motorbike technique, which is in the end focussed on delivering what riders need from their Triumph; the proper steadiness of efficiency, dealing with and actual world usability, with real Triumph character.”
Mr Sargent mentioned the start line for the mission had been to listen to what riders – who love the sound and really feel of a conventional petrol engine – would need from a inexperienced bike.
He mentioned: “This contains contemplating the kind of driving, vary, really feel and nature of energy and torque supply along with the ergonomics and bike controls.
“Taking all of this suggestions into consideration we started the chassis design, specializing in bringing every little thing collectively on the TE-1 prototype in a method that gives a driving expertise that’s thrilling and new however in the end acquainted.
“Now we have begun to outline the powertrain and battery interplay by way of using software program refinement to ship an exhilarating energy supply and throttle response, which offers nice management and feels intuitive to the rider.
“Total with the styling we needed to create one thing that’s recent and thrilling however a pure evolution of the Triumph model.
“One thing fascinating in its personal proper, with distinctive Triumph DNA and undoubtedly not one thing that’s completely different only for the sake of being completely different.”
Andrew Cross, chief technical officer at Integral Powertrain, in Milton Keynes mentioned the “extremely small however extremely highly effective” motor they’d constructed was primarily based on “trade main expertise that can completely outline the way forward for electrical bikes, beginning with the TE-1 mission”.
He mentioned: “We’re proud to be a part of this landmark second for British trade.”