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JEST ELECTRIC AND ATAK ELECTRIC EXPANDS FROM EUROPE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD!

25 October 2019



Offering transportation solutions from its factory in Turkey for the mobility needs of our age, Karsan showcased its electric models at Busworld Europe (Brussels) which opened its doors to visitors on October 18. Karsan’s Jest Electric and Atak Electric models designed and produced as a result of a strategic collaboration with BMW, a leading automobile brand in electric vehicle technologies, manifested the company’s innovative vision and attracted a great deal of attention from visitors at the fair. Karsan CEO Okan Baş said: “Karsan’s launch of its Jest Electric and Atak Electric models in the global market showcases our commercial success which has been constantly increasing thanks to our strong engineering based on our over 50 years of experience and our mission of generating sustainable solutions. We continue to display this at Busworld Europe to professionals from all over the world, and at the same time receive new orders from countries particularly in Europe. In addition, we also enjoy the excitement and the justified pride of introducing to the world the Atak Electric for the first time at this international fair soon after its launching last summer.”


Karsan, Turkey’s local producer which is taking firm steps towards becoming a global brand, showcased its electric vehicle models at Busworld Europe (Brussels), the most important event for the bus industry now in its 25th year. Karsan’s Jest Electric and Atak Electric models designed and produced as a result of its collaboration with BMW, received new orders, as well as great attention from visitors at the fair organized in Brussels, Belgium from October 18-23. 

Success in Production reflected in global sales!

Karsan is proud to have attended the Busworld Europe as the first and only Turkish company which developed two electric vehicles and started mass production in 
the recent year and which added to its success story with orders from different continents, according to Karsan CEO Okan Baş who added: “At Karsan, we first launched the Jest Electric in November 2018 as a result of our strategic collaboration with BMW, a leading automobile brand in electric vehicle technologies, and then this year we started the mass production of Atak Electric prototype of which was developed by our R&D team to respond to the needs of the 8-meter electric vehicle segment. The design and production of our vehicles, as well as their launching in the global market showcases our commercial success which has been constantly increasing thanks to our strong engineering based on our over 50 years of experience and our mission of generating sustainable solutions. We have so far delivered more than 40 Jest Electric vehicles to countries including France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia where the brand created its own markets, and we have recently entered the South American market. We have also contributed to the transformation process of this region’s public transportation vehicles into electric vehicles and started to send Jest Electric vehicles to Mexico for the first time.” 

Orders began as Atak took to the stage!

Okan Baş said that Jest Electric paved the way for demands from foreign markets for Atak Electric and continued: “We enjoy the excitement and the justified pride of presenting Atak Electric, which we developed and produced in a short span of time, on stage before the world for the first time at an international fair like Busworld following its introduction in the BMW Driving Academy in Munich at the end of last June. With a range of 300 km, Atak Electric beat its competitors by a long way and attracted a great deal of attention from several European countries including France, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Germany, and Italy. The first order for Atak Electric came from a company that carries out the first electric-driven public transportation operations in Paris, and we are anticipating a fresh set of orders. The orders by this company, which also purchased Jest Electric vehicles in the past, showed the company’s satisfaction with Karsan’s vehicles and services. Also for Atak Electric, the leading inner-city public transportation companies in France stated that they would be happy to work with us in all their potential future projects. After Busworld Europe, we will continue with a roadshow event to display our vehicle all over Europe so as to ensure that people are closely familiar with the vehicle.” 

With a range of 300 km, Atak Electric knows no rival!

The motor at the heart of the Atak Electric is rated at 230 kWh engine power and 2400 Nm torque, providing users with a high performance driving experience. Running on a total 220 kWh battery capacity with five 44-kWh batteries developed by BMW, the 8-meter Atak Electric boasts a unique 300 km range to outpace its rivals. The vehicle’s batteries can be charged in 5 hours with AC charging, and in 3 hours with fast-charging units. A regenerative braking system also recycles power which enables the batteries to self-recharge up to 25%. 

A passenger capacity of 52 makes a big difference

Atak Electric comes with brand-new and dynamic front and rear lines, and creates a striking look with its LED daytime running lamps. Karsan’s Atak Electric comes with a 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen, fully digital 12.3-inch dashboard, keyless go, USB ports and a WiFi-router, adding higher functionality to its superior technology, comfort, long range and high battery capacity for the very best and most modern mass transport solution. Thanks to its electrically operated air suspension system, the model brings the same level of comfort as with private cars. Atak Electric comes with two seating layout options, 18+4 or 21+4 foldable for a total capacity of 52 passengers for a capacity much larger than what its competitors can offer. Atak Electric offers a comfortable driving experience with its fully digital 12.3-inch dashboard, leather steering wheel, ergonomic and modern control cabin with a panoramic angle of view, and comfortably stands out among its rivals with its 10.1-inch touchscreen which allows users to manage ECAS, lights, air conditioning, Bluetooth, multimedia, and navigation features and to view the battery, charging, and tire pressure status.



Jest Electric creates its very own segment!

Jest Electric, a 6-meter low-floor model which debuted at the end of 2018 in the BMW Driving Academy as Karsan’s first electric-driven product, is equipped with a BMW electric motor producing 170 HP and 290 Nm torque with optional 44 or 88 kWh BMW batteries. Offering the best performance in its class with a range of up to 210 km, Jest Electric also boasts a regenerative braking system which provides energy recovery by enabling the batteries to self-recharge at a rate of 25%. Standing out with its high maneuverability, large interior space, agility on narrow streets thanks to its compact size, dynamic design, and unparalleled climbing performance, Karsan Jest Electric is ready to carry you to the future in a quiet journey. Decorated with a 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen, fully digital dashboard, keyless go, and USB ports as well as an optional Wi-Fi Router, Karsan Jest Electric does not come short in terms of comfort compared to passenger cars thanks to its 4-wheel independent suspension system.