Karsan Once Again at the Top in Europe

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Offering advanced technology mobility solutions with a vision to be “One Step Ahead in the Future of Mobility”, Karsan becomes the leading brand in the electric minibus market in Europe for two consecutive years. e-JEST wrapped up 2020 as Europe’s leader in the electric minibus market with a market share of 43 percent, which jumped to 51.2 percent in 2021, placing it once again at the top spot. This means that every second vehicle registered for traffic in the electric minibus class between 3.5 and 8 metric tons is Karsan’s e-JEST!

Bringing the technologies of the future to the present, Karsan reshapes the industry with its leading products and continues to dominate the electric minibus market in Europe. The brand’s first electric model, e-JEST, launched in 2018 and which hit the road in early 2019, wrapped up 2021 as the market leader for electric minibuses in Europe as was also the case with 2020. 

Karsan e-JEST managed to gain a 24 percent market share in its class in Europe in 2019, the first year of its launch, and managed to become the best-selling model in its class in 2020 by bringing that share up to 43 percent that year. According to the European Minibus Market Report covering 3.5-8 metric ton-class for 2021, published by Wim Chatrou – CME Solutions, the eco-friendly model, which further built on its success the previous year, increased its market share for electric minibuses in Europe to 51.2 percent, making it the leading brand of its class two years in a row.

Karsan’s CEO Okan Baş

Commenting on e-JEST’s growing success, Karsan’s CEO Okan Baş said, “We have been among the prominent actors in the minibus market in Turkey for over 50 years. In addition to its unique dimensions, Karsan’s experiences, distribution network and after-sales services also contributed for sure to this significant achievement of e-JEST in the small buses segment. We have put the e-JEST, which differentiates itself from its competitors by its electric motor and batteries with proven BMW i technology, into operation throughout many European countries including France, Romania, Portugal and Germany. Backed by our know-how, we managed to grow every year in the European market, doing better each time than the previous year. Karsan e-JEST, which became the market leader for electric minibuses in Europe for the second time in 2021, boasts a market share of 51.2 percent, which means every other minibus registered in the traffic is an e-JEST.” 

A proven performer which comes with high maneuverability and unmatched passenger comfort, Karsan e-JEST is equipped with a BMW electric motor capable of 170 HP strength and 290 Nm torque with optional 44 or 88 kWh batteries, also made by BMW. Offering the best performance in the six-meter bus class with a range of up to 210 km, the small city bus 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.  

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