The electric Triumph, whose development was helped by Williams, has exceeded expectations and may go into production.

The electric motorcycle project, the development of which is supported by the British government (so it is paid for by British taxpayers), is practically finished. The final dynamic tests of the electric Triumph TE-1, in the development of which the technology division Williams Advanced Engineering also participated (yes, the Williams you know from F1 and which worked in the past on hybrid systems for racing Porsches), exceeded expectations.

The weight of the motorcycle has been kept at 220 kg, which is significantly less than competing electric motorcycles and is actually comparable to the weight of a classic motorcycle with a 1000 cm3 engine, a full tank and operational fillings. It was the high weight of some electric motorcycles that was a major problem that limited their capabilities and riders did not like them very much. For a cruiser, a weight of around 300 kg is acceptable, but a sports bike simply cannot be that heavy.

Triumph TE-1

The Triumph TE-1 also has a very decent performance, the electric motor offers 177 horsepower, which is again a value comparable to liter superbikes. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and to 160 km/h in 6.2 seconds. The manufacturer does not specify the maximum speed and it is probably still being decided which final transmission Triumph will choose in the end. For road “streetfighters”, where the concept and design of this electric Triumph falls, it has always been more about acceleration than top speed, so the Triumph TE-1 will probably get a shorter gearing that trades “top” for flexibility and acceleration.

The goal was to develop an electrical system and a battery with fast charging capabilities, it is said that a discharged battery will be able to be charged to 80% capacity in about twenty minutes using a fast charger. This would of course increase the motorcycle’s potential, but the question is whether a range of only about 160 km will be enough for the riders. Although it is enough for electric motorcycles, most current machines have trouble getting over 130 km, but even then it will probably be quite limiting for all-day trips. The charging infrastructure in popular motorcycling destinations is not yet available.