After having won a tender held in Buzău, Romania, the Turkish bus manufacturer Temsa today announced that it will now deliver four Avenue Electron buses by the end of 2021. The delivery also includes the procurement of two 150kw and 480kw charging stations to the city.
The Avenue Electron that will be on the roads of Romania’s city of Buzău in 2021, was first introduced at Hanover Commercial Vehicle Fair held in Germany in 2018. In June 2019, the Turkish bus manufacturer presented two new electric bus models at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm: the Avenue Electron and MD 9 electriCITY. Forthwith, the company scored an order Temsa had exported its first six electric buses to Sweden.
When presenting the Avenue Electron in Stockholm back in 2019, Temsa CEO Hasan Yildirim said “Thanks to our advanced technology, we are able to integrate batteries with capacities ranging from 240 to 360 kWh into our vehicles so that our customers can choose according to their planned size and passenger capacity,” says Temsa CEO Hasan Yildirim
The Avenue Electron bound for the roads of Buzău in Romania has a length of 12 meters has 35 seats and 85-person passenger capacity. The manufacturer does not give a lot of technical details so far in its industry announcements. Here, only saying only that this model of the Avenue Electron has fast-charging capacity and can cover a 230-kilometre distance when fully charged. The manufacturers also say the bus travel 90 kilometres with a nine-minute charge. The model is apparently equipped with innovative technology regarding the brake and accelerator pedal system.
Temsa appears to be putting more energy into technical innovation than press information, revealing with little technical information that the company has achieved a 15% in range with this single-pedal driving system. The Turkish manufacturer explains that “instead of the accelerator and brake pedals together, only the accelerator pedal is present in the vehicle. Connected to the battery, the pedal allows the vehicle to both accelerate and slow down or even stops when the drivers pull their foot off the pedal.” Temsa says this technology increases the range of the vehicle by up to 15 per cent and that it simultaneously reduces the brake maintenance costs and maintenance times of vehicles.
The company is also clearly on a course of expansion. Just a few weeks ago in January 2021, Turkey’s Temsa has started producing battery packs for its e-buses at its plant in Adana. By 2025, the Turkish manufacturer wants to cover more than half of its bus volume with electric vehicles.
Temsa is a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding and PPF Group. Just this month, Temsa’s sister company Škoda Electric received an order for fourteen new electric buses from Prague Public Transport. Just to clarify here: Škoda Electric (or its parent company Škoda Transportation) is a subsidiary belonging to the Czech company Petr Kellner from the PPF Group and not to be confused with the Volkswagen Group (that’s Škoda cars). Prague Public Transport order was the first delivery of electric buses to be carried out by Škoda in cooperation with its Turkish sister company Temsa.
Temsa’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Hakan Koralp says that the company is now among the leading companies worldwide when it comes to electric vehicles, explaining, “We have been developing electric vehicle technologies for many years. With the vehicles that we engineer, develop and manufacture at our plant in Adana, we aim to contribute to the future of transportation and sustainability of our world.”