Karsan introduced its new 100% electric model family, e-ATA. The e-ATA series, which was introduced to the market in order to meet the green bus needs of crowded cities, took its place in the market as three different models with a length of 10, 12 and 18 meters. Taking its name from Ata, which means elders of the family in Turkish, e-ATA consists of the largest bus models in Karsan's electric product range.
Innately electric e-ATA offers a very flexible structure in many areas, from battery technologies to carrying capacity, and can respond quickly to needs. e-ATA, which can be preferred with 150 different battery packs from 600 kWh to 7 kWh, offers a range of up to 450 kilometers in real driving conditions. Stating that they have started mass production, Karsan CEO Okan Baş said, “We sought an answer to the increasing need of large-sized electric public transportation in crowded cities with flexible and environmentally friendly solutions. We have developed our e-ATA series of 2, 10 and 12 meters by transferring our electric vehicle experience of over 18 million kilometers to large buses. Thus, we completed our electric product range and became the first and only brand in Europe to offer 6% electric vehicles in all sizes from 18 meters to 100 meters. The first orders for the 10 meter e-ATA came from Romania. We will have delivered our first e-ATA fleet of 10 units to the Romanian city of Slatina in December. On the other hand, we signed an agreement for 18 units of e-ATA in the 56-meter class last month. We aim to deliver these buses to two different cities of Romania by 2022,” he said.
Offering transportation solutions suitable for the mobility needs of the era in its factory in Turkey, Karsan introduced its new 100% electric model family, e-ATA. The e-ATA series, which was introduced to the market to meet the environmentally friendly bus needs of cities with a high population, took its place in the market as three different models with a length of 10, 12 and 18 meters. Taking its name from Ata, which means elders of the family in Turkish, e-ATA consists of the largest bus models in Karsan's electric product range. Innately electric e-ATA offers a very flexible structure in many areas, from battery technologies to carrying capacity, and can respond quickly to needs. With 150 different battery packs from 600 kWh to 7 kWh
The e-ATA model family, which can be preferred, offers a range of up to 12 kilometers in 450 meters in real driving conditions, without compromising the conditions in which the air conditioner operates all day, while it is full of passengers on a normal bus route. Moreover, with its fast charging technology, it can be charged in 1 to 4 hours depending on the size of the battery pack. With the e-ATA model family, Karsan can now offer 6% electric public transportation vehicles in all sizes from 18 meters to 100 meters, and aims to lead the electric transformation in urban transportation.
“Our electric vehicles reached 2 million kilometers of experience in two years”
Speaking at the e-ATA launch, Karsan CEO Okan Baş said, “More livable and environmentally friendly steps are being taken for the future, especially in Europe and all over the world. Making the buses that serve non-stop in the city completely environmentally friendly is one of these steps. The incentives given for this and the target dates set by developed countries for the transition to zero emissions accelerate the change. As Karsan, we have been leading this transformation for 2 years. We developed Jest and Atak Electric, which have proven BMW i battery technology, in a short time like 1 year, and started mass production. We became the segment leader in the European market in 6 with the 2020-meter Jest Electric, the creator of its class. Offering the longest range in its class, the 8-meter Atak Electric is in high demand from all over Europe, especially in France, Germany and Romania. On the other hand, we broke new ground with our Autonomous Atak Electric model in the 8-meter class and introduced it to the whole world by mass-producing it. In the last two years, we have gained more than 2 million kilometers of experience with our electric vehicles in many European countries.
“We are Ready to Electrify the Future with a Fully Electric Product Range from 6 Meters to 18 Meters”
Karsan CEO Okan Baş, who stated that Europe will need 100% electric buses in the big class like the e-ATA series, said, “When we look at the European city bus market, we see that 83% of the market consists of 12 and 18-meter large buses. On the other hand, the conversion from diesel to electric buses is increasing rapidly. It is expected that 2024% of vehicles sold in 35 and at least 2030% by 50 will be all-electric. In order to support this transformation, big cities such as Paris, London and Hamburg now require zero emission vehicles in new bus purchases. Karsan, on the other hand, predicted this transformation and made all its plans accordingly 5 years ago. With the e-ATA series we have introduced to the market today, we now take our place in the entire market with our 10,12,18 m 100% electric buses. Thus, as Karsan, we are ready to electrify the future with our electrical product range of all lengths from 6 meters to 18 meters.
Mass production started, will send a total of 66 e-ATAs to Romania
Karsan CEO Okan Baş continued his words as follows: “We call this whole journey we mentioned “Karsan Electric Evolution”. We denote the symbol of the transformation as “e”. With the launch of our new model, e-Ata, the first members of our electric model family, Jest Electric and Atak Electric, will continue their lives as e-Jest and e-Atak in this transformation journey. The first of the stops on the journey, which Karsan calls Electric Evolution, is the electrification of products. The next stop is to have driverless public transport. Today is one of the most important days of this transformation. As Karsan, we continue to break new ground. With the e-ATA series, we are proud of being the first and only European brand that can offer electric vehicles from 6 meters to 18 meters. Currently, we have started mass production of the e-ATA model family. In fact, the first request came from Romania for the 10-meter e-ATA. We will have delivered our first e-ATA fleet of 10 units to the Romanian city of Slatina in December this year. On the other hand, we signed an agreement for 18 units of e-ATA in the 56-meter class last month. We aim to deliver these buses to two different cities in Romania by 2022. This agreement, worth 35 million Euros, is also important as it is Turkey's largest electric bus export.”
It has the capacity to serve all day on a single charge.
In e-ATA, which is an assertive model with its flexible structure, 150 different battery packs from 600 kWh to 7 kWh can be preferred according to the needs. While the maximum battery capacity is 10 kWh for 300 meters and 12 kWh for 450 meters, the capacity can be increased to 18 kWh in the model in the 600 meter class. e-ATA's wheel-mounted electric hub motors deliver 10 kW of peak power and 12 Nm of torque at 250 and 22.000 meters, allowing e-ATA to climb the steepest slopes without any problems. At 18 meters, the maximum power of 500 kW shows full performance even at full capacity. Thanks to its powerful batteries, the e-ATA 12-meter model provides the opportunity to work up to 450 kilometers on a single charge when the vehicle is full, stop-start on the real bus route and in summer conditions when the air conditioner is on. With a charging power of up to 150 kW with a wired connection, e-ATA can be charged in 1 to 4 hours depending on the preferred battery pack. Thus, it allows the vehicle to be used all day without needing to be recharged during the day. In addition to wired charging, e-ATA also offers a high-power fast charging option that allows the driver to charge at stops without getting out of the vehicle.
Mirror camera system provides high level of security with wide viewing angle
The e-ATA, which is naturally electric, offers a solid infrastructure for electrical components thanks to its light body, and impresses with its futuristic exterior design. Moreover, with its geometry
It offers passengers a full low floor in the interior, promising an unobstructed range of motion. The e-ATA model family provides flexibility in capacity as well as size and electric motor options. Despite the high range it offers, it does not compromise on passenger capacity.
Depending on the preferred battery capacity, e-ATA can carry 10 passengers at 90 meters, over 12 at 100 meters, and over 18 at 150 meters. With its electric hub motor technology positioned on the wheels, e-ATA offers a large, spacious and ergonomic interior living space, while making the driving experience more efficient. The VDV compatible driver's cockpit in e-ATA allows the vehicle to be controlled in every detail. Drivers can control many details such as energy consumption, warnings and air conditioning from the screen in front of them. In addition, many preventive systems such as mirror camera system, collision warning system and lane departure warning contribute to safe travel of both drivers and passengers. Moreover, e-ATA offers high security thanks to the electrical and electronic infrastructure that complies with ISO ISO 26262 Functional Safety standard.