Turkish bus builder Karsan has received a new order for 26 electric buses from Romania, with the city of Deva ordering 22 units of the 6-meter e-Jest minibus and four units of the 8-meter e-Atak model. The order brings Karsan's sales of electric buses to Romania to 158 units.
The e-buses are due to be delivered to Deva in the second half of 2022. These are the first e-buses for the city of 60,000 inhabitants - but not the first buses from Karsan. The Turkish manufacturer has previously delivered diesel examples of the Jest to Deva, so now 26 e-buses will follow, due for delivery in mid-2022.
The majority - 22 units - are the six-metre e-Jest, which has 125 kW of power, 290 Nm of torque and a choice of 44 or 88 kWh of battery capacity. Karsan quotes a range of up to 210 kilometres. The current order from Romania also includes four 8-metre e-Atak midibuses with 230 kW, 2,500 Nm and up to 220 kWh (up to five battery packs of 44 kWh each). These buses are expected to travel up to 300 kilometres. They can be charged with 80 kW DC or with up to 44 kW AC. It remains unclear which battery configurations the customers from Deva have chosen for the e-Jest and the e-Atak.