Triumph Motorcycles is known to www.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk and other dealerships in the UK, and the government has decided to choose the manufacturer to lead the country’s effort into breaking into the electric motorcycle market. The manufacturer will be working with industry experts, and academics, with backing from the Innovate UK government department to undertake a two-year project.
The project was dubbed “Project Triumph TE-1”, which Triumph Motorcycles will be undertaking with several partners. The involved entities listed down the specifics of their contributions:
- Triumph Motorcycles, as the name of the project implies, will be leading, providing the chassis design, as well as engineering and manufacturing expertise, on top of developing the necessary safety systems, and defining the specifications of the electric drivetrain.
- Williams Advanced Engineering will handle the design and integration of a lightweight battery, using their test and development facilities.
- Integral Powertrain Ltd.’s e-Drive Division will handle the development of the high power density motor, and silicon carbide inverters to be used in the motor, as well as integrating both components into a single motor housing.
- WMG at the University of Warwick will lend their expertise in electrification, as well as commercial knowledge; driving R&D, as well as creating models and simulations for future market needs.
- Innovate UK is the government agency that supports and promotes science and technology programmes that could help grow the UK economy, and will support the organisations involved with the programme and provide them funds via the BEIS modern funding strategy aimed at creating a market-leading UK electric vehicle.
The project will be compartmentalized into four main phases, with one of the key goals being improved systems integration. By having respective experts handle the development of the components, then optimizing them into combine units, the project hopes to develop and create electric motorcycle systems that sport reduced mass, complexity and package requirements.
Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems, David Greenwood, WMG, University of Warwick, says that everyone, www.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk included, know that electric motorcycles will be important to transportation in the future; delivering reduced road congestion and cutting down on emissions and making parking much easier. WMG, he adds, has the expertise and experience in handling electrification for road, rail, sea and air transportation, which they’ll happily bring to the motorcycle sector.