According to its website, Croatia-based Bioplanet Group is a holding company whose products and projects revolve around technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emission. The company launched its first project, the Bioplanet Bike, in July 2012.
The Bioplanet Bike, or the Bike, is an electric bike, or e-bike. Sandra Mikulic, CEO of Bioplanet, says it is “…a revolutionary, trendsetting product that introduces a new era in the bicycle and light electric powered vehicles design. Bioplanet Bike is the most versatile two-wheeled vehicle on the global market.” Well, we looked over the press release and the Bioplanet Bike’s homepage and we’re not seeing how it separates itself from the innumerable e-bikes in the market.
It’s not as extreme, design-wise, as the Jetson E-Bike or as stylish as the Italian Leaos. Bioplanet’s offering is not portable like the foldable iZip E3 Compact or offerings from Conscious Commuter. And the Bike hopelessly outmatched by Polaris’ ebike technologies which include a portable battery, regenerative braking system, and built-in handle display.
Where we see the first major difference is the Bike’s motor or, as said in the automotive industry, “under the hood.” The Bioplanet Bike electric motor utilizes an integrated bottom bracket design, locating it and the battery solidly around the pedal system. A simple housing unit surrounds and hides this system and makes the Bike look like a standard manual pedal bicycle.
That look is deceptive. Bioplanet has installed a 500 watt brushless electric motor in its e-bike and paired it to a 36 volt battery. That is a powerful combination and is comparable to the Jetson E-bike, which uses a similar 500 watt motor and 48 volt lithium ion battery. Zippy fellow. The Bike can move up to 27 mph on strict battery alone. Range is a similar 27 miles on pure electric power. Bioplanet states it can adjust the Bike’s wattage from as low as 250 to more than 720 watts. A 180 watt power charger can restore the battery to full in 2-3 hours.
Pricing for the Bioplanet Bike starts around $3,100, an eyebrow-raising price tag. (The Polaris ebike starts at $3,000.) A less expensive, DIY kit is available and starts at $2,600. Bioplanet states the Bike is available worldwide, so U.S. residents can purchase one (or more). It can take, though, up to three months for the product to ship.