Zero-emission, high-range electric vehicles from Karsan, helping to shape public transport in cities across many countries with its range of commercial vehicles, were put on display at the Bus2Bus fair. Emboldened by its electric development vision e-Volution, Karsan flexed its muscles at Bus2Bus, one of the world’s largest bus trade shows, while e-JEST, e-ATAK and e-ATA attracted keen interest. In addition, trade show attendees had the opportunity to experience the Karsan e-ATA 12m for the first time in Germany.
Bus2Bus, one of the largest bus trade shows in the world, which was held online last year due to the pandemic, physically opened its doors to industry representatives and bus enthusiasts this year. Karsan, one of the leading companies in the Turkish automotive industry, made its mark with its electric range at the trade fair organized by Messe Berlin and the Bundesverband Deutscher Omnibusunternehmen (Federal Association of German Bus and Coach Companies – BDO), which represents around 3,000 private bus companies in Germany. At the fair, e-JEST, e-ATAK and e-ATA attracted keen interest. In addition, trade show attendees had the opportunity to experience the Karsan e-ATA 12m for the first time in Germany.
Karsan’s electric vision e-Volution
Karsan continues to be Turkey’s leading brand offering high-tech mobility solutions, while taking firm steps towards its goal of becoming one of the top 5 players in Europe with its electric development vision e-Volution. Karsan, the first brand in Europe to offer a range of electric products in all sizes from 6 to 18 meters, is the leader in the electric minibus and midibus market in Europe with its e-JEST and e-ATAK buses. While almost 90 percent of Turkey’s electric minibus and bus exports are performed by Karsan, 306 Karsan electric vehicles continue to be a source of pride as they hit the roads of 16 different countries.
e-JEST with all the comforts of a passenger car
A proven performer which comes with high maneuverability and unmatched passenger comfort, e-JEST is equipped with a BMW electric motor capable of 170 HP power and 290 Nm torque with optional 44 or 88 kWh batteries, also made by BMW. Offering the best performance in the six-meter small bus class with a range of up to 210 km, e-JEST also boasts a regenerative braking system which provides energy recovery by enabling the batteries to self-recharge at a rate of 25 percent. Decorated with a 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen, fully digital dashboard, keyless ignition, and USB ports as well as an optional WiFi compatible infrastructure, e-JEST does not come short in terms of comfort compared to passenger cars thanks to its four-wheel independent suspension system.
e-ATAK with its 300 km range
e-ATAK comes with dynamic front and rear lines, and creates a striking look with its LED daytime running lamps. The electric motor at the heart of e-ATAK generates 230 kW engine power and 2.500 Nm torque, providing users with a high performance driving experience. Running on 220-kWh batteries developed by BMW, the 8-meter e-ATAK boasts a unique 300 km range to outpace its rivals. Moreover, the vehicle’s batteries can be charged in 5 hours with AC charging, and in 3 hours with fast-charging units. A regenerative braking system also recycles power which enables the batteries to self-recharge up to 25%. The model comes with two seating layout options, for a capacity of 52 passengers.
E-ATA delivers a smooth ride even over the most challenging roads with its roaring engine
e-ATA, inspired by the Turkish word “Ata”, which means the eldest member of a family, has the largest bus models within Karsan’s range of electric vehicles. Electricity-powered by design, e-ATA offers versatility on so many aspects, from battery technology to load capacity, agile enough to respond to evolving needs. The e-ATA series, which come in seven different battery packs from 150 kWh to 600 kWh, can go up to 450 km in its 12-meter-long version, while fully functioning as your usual mass transport bus in actual driving conditions, which can stop and go, let passengers alight and get on, with the air conditioning working for a full day. Also, with its fast charging technology, it can be charged in 1 to 4 hours depending on the size of the battery pack.
The maximum battery capacity can be increased to 315 kWh for 10-meter buses, 450 kWh for 12-meter buses and 600 kWh for 18-meter buses. The electric hub motors of Karsan e-ATA positioned on the wheels provide 250 kW maximum power and 22,000 Nm torque for its 10- and 12-meter-long bus range, allowing it to climb the steepest of slopes effortlessly. The maximum power of 500 kW in the 18-meter-long version shows the highest performance even at full load. The e-ATA product range, which is fully compatible with the different geographical conditions of different cities in Europe, impresses with its futuristic exterior design. Its geometry offers passengers a full low-floor interior that promises unobstructed freedom of movement. Despite its high range, e-ATA does not compromise on passenger capacity. Depending on the preferred battery capacity, e-ATA can carry 79 passengers with its 10-meter configuration, over 89 with its 12-meter configuration, and over 135 with its 18-meter configuration