BH and Pansonic have worked side by side to develop the IBS (Integrated Bottom Bracket System). The technology optimises the weight of the electric components by integrating the motor, controller, torque sensor and battery into one compact unit next to the pedals.
The 250W Panasonic compact motor (1) uses brushless technology to reduce noise and motor heating. This allows the bike to be used as a conventional bicycle without the motor creating additional resistance.
The torque sensor and controller (2) work together to register the force exerted by the user, then processing it and sending a signal to the motor.
The Panasonic removable and rechargeable battery (3) is in the center of the bike to balance the weight. Lithium Ion batteries are the latest technology available and they offer the best performance in terms of range. They perform at full capacity for 30 000km after which they suffer a reduction in performance of 20%. Various size batteries are available.
208Wh (26V/8Ah) has a range up to 80km
288Wh (36V/8Ah) has a range up to 100km
432Wh (36V/12Ah) has a range up to 150km
It is possible to purchase extended warranties for Panasonic batteries up to a total of 4 years.
The Panasonic system comes with an LED display (4). It is simple and intuitive, clearly displaying which of the 3 assistance modes you are in.