British motorcycle maker Triumph and Formula 1 team Williams F1, through its engineering arm Williams Advanced Engineering, are in a two-year partnership to develop technology for a future Triumph electric motorcycle. Dubbed Project TE-1, the project also involves expertise from project partners Integral Powertrain and WMG at the University of Warwick as well as government agency Innovate UK.

Led by Triumph who will be looking into advanced motorcycle chassis design and power delivery, Project TE-1 aims to achieve innovations and breakthroughs in e-bike technology, notably in the areas of battery design and integration which will be headed by Williams Advanced. A custom electric motor will be the responsibility of Integral Powertrain from research into power-dense electric motors and silicon carbide inverter, integrated into a single motor housing.

Meanwhile, WMG will provide electrification expertise through research and development, with consideration for the commercial impact, through modelling and simulation based on future market needs. Funds and administration for Project TE-1 will be administered by Innovate UK, who will also provide support under the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy UK.

There will be four main phases of the project with the key aim being increased systems integration. “Project Triumph TE-1 is one part of our electric motorcycle strategy, focused on delivering what riders want and expect from their Triumph, which is the perfect balance of handling, performance and usability,” said Triumph Motorcycles chief executive officer Nick Bloor.