Turkish manufacturer Karsan has delivered a further ten electric minibuses to the Romanian city of Suceava, which now has 15 Jest Electric buses from Karsan in operation. Karsan had won a tender by the city for the new electric minibuses last year with an open option.
Suceava, the largest city in the Suceava in the Bukovina region, north-eastern Romania, now decided to follow-up on the order, thus taking the option for an additional seven Jest Electric, which the tender contract provided. They expect delivery before the end of this quarter through Karsan’s Romanian distributor, Anadolu Automobil Rom.
Karsan had launched the Jest Electric with batteries from BMW in 2018. The electric motor, also BMW, provides 125 kW power and 290 Nm torque with optional 44 or 88 kWh batteries. The small model measures six metres and offers a range of up to 210 km. The Jest Electric also has a regenerative braking system for a self-recharge rate of 25%, claims Karsan.
The electric version offers space for up to 26 passengers, four more than the conventionally powered version. The city bus also has a wheelchair-accessible ramp, which can be used for baby strollers as well.
Karsan manufactures in Turkey and has launched another e-bus model in 2019. The 8-meter bus of type Atak also relies on batteries from the BMW electric car i3 and uses a total of five batteries each with 44 kWh. The Turkish e-bus has a total capacity of 220 kWh, enabling a range of 300 kilometres. Plus, the larger model can transport up to 52 passengers.
Romania is no stranger to electric buses anymore. Recent months have seen us record an influx of e-bus orders from the country. Mostly Solaris with its ties to the country had taken the lead as a supplier.
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