Source: Williams Advanced Engineering website | The Triumph TE-1 project was unveiled as a finished prototype. The unique partnership between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), Integral Powertrain Ltd and WMG of the University of Warwick (and funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK), is set up to create game-changing developments in the field of specialized engineering of electric motorcycles and the design of innovative integrated technologies.
The completed demonstrator marks the official end of the collaboration phase of the TE-1 project and is now fully ready for the next phase of the project led by Triumph – the live test program – which will feature all the latest and greatest innovations. recent for the first time.
The WAE battery features special cell packaging for optimum center of gravity, vehicle control unit, DCDC converter, integrated cooling, charging port and styled carbon covers. This all-new powertrain developed by WAE will set new standards for e-bike performance, with class-leading power, efficiency, charging time and range.
Fully responsible for the lightweight and revolutionary TE-1 battery system, WAE took a holistic approach to development, allowing riders to use more electric power for longer, giving them access to excellent performance regardless of load. of the battery, in addition to fast charging times.
The brand new battery has a peak power of 170 kW and a continuous power of 90 kW, with a capacity of 15 kWh. This allows the motor to deliver 130 kW peak power and 80 kW continuous power. The industry-leading system cooling combined with the optimal balance between power and energy means that the TE-1 can provide the rider with more electric power for longer and deliver excellent performance regardless of the load of the bike. battery. The 360-volt system also allows for a fast charge time of less than 20 minutes (0-80%), which is combined with an industry-leading target range.
WAE optimized the layout of the battery module to balance mass and positioning within the prototype chassis, considering center of gravity, space and its relationship to the powertrain and charging approach. A new custom vehicle control unit is integrated into the battery to minimize weight and packaging.
Key project outputs during this phase include test results exceeding current benchmarks and targets set by the UK Automotive Council for 2025, providing a platform with great potential for the future development of electric motorcycle performance.
The overall objective of the TE-1 project was to develop electric motorcycle capabilities, contribute to Triumph’s future electric motorcycle offerings, drive innovation, capabilities and new intellectual property, and increase credibility and the profile of British industry and design.
With the completion of this prototype, the full live testing phase of the TE-1 project now begins. Over the next six months, the prototype demonstrator will conduct an extensive program of live testing at Triumph’s state-of-the-art facilities, including rolling road and track testing designed to guide the final setup and calibration of the prototype. of demonstrator.
Upon completion of the live testing phase, scheduled for summer 2022, the prototype will be updated with its final body panels ready for active trackside demonstration. Final specifications and test results will be released at that time, along with key information and facts about how the TE-1 meets project goals, including optimal battery and power performance. autonomy.
“It was really exciting to see the progress being made during Phase 3 of the Triumph TE-1 project, with the final prototype motorcycle currently being tested in the field. Everyone involved in Triumph is proud to have been a part of this groundbreaking partnership in the UK. Personally, I am delighted with the results we have already achieved with our partners and the exciting glimpse into the potential electric future ahead,” said Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph. “We are looking forward to continuing the ambitious and innovative work on the TE-1 demonstrator prototype during the live testing phase and sharing the result with Triumph fans around the world.”
Following the completion of Phase 2 of the program in March 2021, which included the delivery of a fully bench-tested battery, WAE has now completed work on Phase 3, which included certain project-critical gateways. In addition to supporting a number of hardware and software solutions; By specifically integrating Triumph’s engine control software to work in harmony with WAE’s controller and battery management system, the team improved the integration of mechanical and electrical solutions; optimized battery layout to balance mass and positioning within the chassis.
The demo bike is currently undergoing final battery level validation and calibration to ensure performance results meet the best power, energy density and rider goals without compromising performance at low load levels.
“After a long period of testing, we are excited to finally see the results of our work on a physical bike. Working with the Triumph team has continued to push the boundaries of battery technology, always keeping the rider in mind,” said Dyrr Ardash, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Williams Advanced Engineering. “Because we designed the battery from the ground up, there was no compromise on the design and we were able to maximize the potential of the cutting-edge technology, with both performance and range paramount. .”
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