Project Triumph TE-1 successfully completes phase 2.
Triumph Motorcycles U.K. in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd.�s e-drive division, and the WMG at the University of Warwick, is working on an electric motorcycle TE-1. This project which is funded by the U.K. government is to be carried out in four phases. The major aim of the project is to reduce the mass, complexity, and packaging requirements of the electric motorcycle by increased system integration.� As per information displayed on Triumph�s official website, Triumph Motorcycles apart from leading the project will provide advanced motorcycle chassis design and engineering expertise, manufacturing excellence, and innovations in the functional safety systems. It will also be defining the electric drivetrain power delivery characteristics. Integral powertrain Ltd.�s e-drive division will be in charge of the development of power-dense electric motors and a silicon carbide inverter, integrating both into a singular motor housing. Williams Advanced Engineering will be working on the battery module and provide a lightweight battery design and integration capability. It will be using its test and development facilities to deliver an innovative battery management system combined with a vehicle control unit. The WMG, at the University of Warwick, will provide electrification, modeling, and simulation expertise.� According to the recent official communication, phase 2 of the project has been completed. The test results have shown a significant innovation in mass, battery technology, and powertrain performance exceeding the targets set by the UK Automotive Council for 2025. The performance of the electric traction motor during bench-testing has met the required standards. The battery testing results show that the peak power achievable is 170 kW, continuous power of 90 kW, and a battery capacity of 15 kWh which exceeds Triumph�s target of 130 kW peak power and 80 kW continuous power.� Discussing the project with SAE International, Williams Advanced Engineering�s Technical Director, Mr. Paul McNamara has said with regards to battery technology that the fundamental challenge is to meet the target power, energy, mass, and volume of the battery system for a given cost with the balance of the aforementioned targets being even more important of an electric motorcycle due to tighter packaging, system integration, and mass requirements. Further stating that the shortcomings of the existing technology are a drop-off in performance caused by very low ambient temperatures, excessive powertrain heat created by aggressive use, or a lower state of battery charge, Mr. McNamara said that the team has concentrated on ensuring greater performance and range regardless of operating temperature through the use of Integrated Battery Management System (IBMS) and thermal considerations.� The next challenge is the motorcycle�s testing phases, including �design validation and optimization of the control functions to maximize performance, efficiency, and range.�