Karsan now has the largest electric midibus fleet in operation across Europe
In early May, Karsan made an impact with its electric bus during the IBOY (International Bus of the Year) Bus Euro Test event in Limerick. Offering high technology solutions with the vision of being ‘One Step Ahead in the Future of Mobility’, Karsan continues to be one of the most important players in electric bus manufacture in Europe. Interestingly, while not yet available in RHD (Right Hand Drive) the company plan to attend and display buses at the EuroBus Expo at the NEC, Birmingham later this year. Karsan has just completed the delivery of 76 buses in Luxembourg in-mid July, Karsan now has the largest electric midibus fleet in operation across Europe.
Being one of the leading companies in Turkey’s automotive industry, Karsan continues to offer high technology mobility solutions to export markets. Continuing its overseas expansion in 2022, Karsan, the pioneer of electric mobility, concluded the sale of Europe’s largest electric midibus fleet with its e-ATAK model. Stepping up and entering this year with a triple growth plan in exports compared to the previous year, Karsan completed the sales of 89 electric buses to operate on the city and intercity public transport lines in Luxembourg. Within the scope of the project implemented via HCI, of which Karsan has a 50% share and manages the sales and service network of the Karsan brand in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland, the e-ATAK buses were delivered at the magnificent event held.
Turkey’s largest electric bus export from Karsan!
Karsan’s entry into Luxembourg with this project also succeeded in becoming the largest electric bus export and the largest electric bus delivery of Turkey and Karsan at once. This way, Karsan becomes one of the biggest shareholders in the transformation of its bus fleet to electric in Luxembourg, which accelerated environmentalist actions to reduce carbon emissions.
“Luxembourg & Karsan look at the future exactly the same way”
Karsan’s CEO Okan Baş explained (pictured above left): “Karsan’s perspectives coincide with a country like Luxembourg, which has an environmentalist approach, works to reduce its carbon footprint and seeks solutions to the global warming problem of the world. I am very happy on behalf of Karsan to be part of electric transformation and to deliver such a large electric bus fleet to Luxembourg, which has accelerated its environmental activities to zero its carbon emissions.”
European market leader e-ATAK has become not only Luxembourg, but also Europe’s largest electric midibus fleet!
According to market data (Chatrou, 2021), Karsan e-Atak, which is the European segment leader with a 30% share in the electric midibus class between 8-15 tons in 2021, is now conquering Luxembourg. While a total of 161 electric buses over 8 tons were registered in Luxembourg between 2012 and 2021, the Karsan e-ATAK fleet of 89 that will provide services in the country, will be not only the Luxembourg’s, but also Europe’s largest electric midibus fleet. While the Luxembourg market expands in public transportation with the sale of 89 Karsan e-ATAK, Karsan seems to have a significant share in this market. Karsan will continue to speed up the electrification process of buses in Luxembourg in the upcoming period.
“We will continue to grow with electric vehicles in Europe”
Emphasizing that Karsan, which succeeded in breaking new ground in electric vehicle tenders in 2021, has carried out important projects in growing markets such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Lithuania, Karsan CEO Okan Baş said, “after this delivery of 89 units, Karsan’s largest electric vehicle fleet will be in Luxembourg after France and Romania. Karsan’s electric vehicles, which are available in 19 different countries all over the world, continue to spread further in countries such as France, Romania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria. Our Karsan electric vehicle fleet, which currently has over 350 units, continues to provide services on the roads in Europe. This will be a year for us to enter new export markets with our electric models and achieve triple growth in electric vehicles compared to 2021.”
Karsan e-ATAK will also provide intercity services in Luxembourg!
With its new comfortable passenger seats with seatbelts developed specifically for the market, Karsan e-ATAK will provide services in intercity public transportation lines as well as in urban transportation in Luxembourg. Karsan e-ATAK, which takes its power from proven BMW batteries with a capacity of 220 kWh, is the leader of its class with a range of 300 kilometers. With its 8,3 meter length and 230 kW electric motor power, e-ATAK can be charged in 5 hours alternating current charging units and in 3 hours with fast charging units.
Pictured above – Karsan CEO Okan Baş and HCI Lionel Poch