Turkish bus builder Karsan has presented its new e-ATA family of electric buses, which will be offered in lengths of ten, twelve and 18 metres. Production has already started, and there is also an initial order for a total of 66 units of the new buses from Romania.
The e-ATA models complement the company's existing electric minibuses. Karsan has been building the six-metre Karsan Jest Electric and the eight-metre Karsan Atak Electric in Bursa, Turkey, for several years. As part of the introduction of the larger bus family, the two existing minibuses will now be renamed e-Jest and e-Atak. Karsan does not provide details on the prices of the new e-ATA models.
The following is known about the technical design: The low-floor e-ATA models have inherited the exterior design from the Turkish partner Bozankaya Sileo. The portal "Omnibus News" writes that Karsan acquired all rights to the e-buses of the Bozankaya Group including technology transfer in May 2020. Apart from the exterior, however, all components of the e-ATA family are said to be proprietary developments, such as the electric motors integrated in the wheel hubs, which produce up to 250 kW and 22,000 Nm in the 10 and 12 metre long variants and up to 500 kW in the 18 metre long articulated bus. The maximum speed of all three models is 80 km/h.
Up to 300 kWh of energy storage can be installed in the 10-meter model, up to 450 kWh in the 12-meter solo bus and up to 600 kWh in the articulated bus. Karsan specifies up to 450 kilometers as the radius of the version with the longest range. While the Turkish manufacturer relies on i3 batteries from BMW in the e-Jest and e-Atak, the energy storage units for the e-ATA models are LFP batteries.
Karsan does not disclose any details on this. The manufacturer also remains vague on the charging power when presenting the new models. Depending on the size of the battery, the models can be charged in one to four hours via DC, it says. On the website, however, Karsan specifies that cable-connected charging with up to 150 kW power is possible ex works. Optionally, the buses can also be charged via pantograph.