In recent years, lightweight electric motorcycles have entered the global market in droves. It would appear that commuters and motorcycle enthusiasts are beginning to wholeheartedly embrace the electrification of personal mobility both as an affordable and sustainable alternative to the good old internal combustion engine (ICE). While the market continues to be flooded with light electric vehicles (LEVs), manufacturers haven’t been paying as much attention to the high-performance side of things.
While there are scarcely any electric motorcycles which boast ground-breaking performance, what little we have comes from some impressive companies such as Zero Motorcycles and Energica. Interestingly, iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph has entered the ultra-high-performance electric motorcycle game with their latest concept, the TE-1. While only a rendering of the futuristic electric motorcycle has been provided by the company, the proposed specifications are indeed impressive.
For starters, Triumph has sought the help of experts in the motorsports and electric powertrain industries to ensure the TE-1 is the best in its class. Williams Advanced Engineering, the team behind the once legendary but now defunct Formula1 racing team, will be developing the battery and controller for the TE-1. Likewise, electric motor specialist Integral Powertrain will be developing and producing the high-power motor. Speaking of the motor, Triumph is claiming that the motor for the TE-1 will be capable of producing up to 135 kW, or the equivalent of 180 horsepower. This puts the bike straight into super naked territory, with its gasoline-powered counterparts being the likes of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and Yamaha MT-10.
As far as the overall development of the TE-1 is concerned, Triumph admits that there are still quite a number of challenges the team needs to conquer. That said, the company hopes to release an actual prototype of this high-performance electric motorcycle by the tail-end of 2021, and hopefully, a production-ready model sometime in 2022.