Karsan, one of the leading companies in the Turkish automotive industry, continues to take important steps towards growth with the motto of being 'One Step Ahead in the Future of Mobility'. Entering 2022 with the target of doubling growth in every field, Karsan will deliver 30 e-JESTs within the scope of the agreement signed with Stolichen Avtotransport, the operator of the Bulgarian Sofia Municipality. After France, Romania, Portugal and Germany, where e-JEST is best sold, Bulgaria will take its place among these countries. Karsan CEO Okan Baş said, “We doubled our exports in 2021 compared to the previous year, and entered 2022 with the same target of growth. In this context, we signed a very important agreement. As Karsan, we won the tender for 30 electric minibuses for the city of Sofia in Bulgaria with our e-JEST model. We aim to deliver 30 e-JESTs to the city in 2022. We will continue to sign important agreements this year, as we aim to grow with our electric future vision.”
Carrying the technologies of the future to today and shaping the sector with its leading products, Karsan continues to dominate the electric minibus market in Europe. Karsan won the tender for 2019 electric minibuses for the city of Sofia in Bulgaria in 2020, with e-JEST, which was the first electric model it introduced to the roads at the beginning of 2021, and completed 2022 and 30 as the leader of the electric minibus market in Europe. In this context, Karsan signed a contract with Sofia Municipality's operator Stolichen Avtotransport for 30 e-JEST projects over Bulgaria's dealer BulBus.
It will start service in 2022
With this agreement, which will be among Bulgaria's largest electric minibus deliveries, Karsan aims to deliver 30 e-JESTs to the city of Sofia in 2022. Sofia Municipality, on the other hand, aims to expand its environmentally friendly transportation service by putting these 30 electric vehicles into service for use in urban public transportation at the end of the year.
“An important part of our growth strategy”
Emphasizing that they entered the year 2022 with the target of double growth in every field, Karsan CEO Okan Baş said, “In 2, we doubled our exports compared to the previous year, and we entered 2021 with the same target of growth. In this context, we signed a very important agreement. As Karsan, we won the tender for 2022 electric minibuses for the city of Sofia in Bulgaria with our e-JEST model. We aim to deliver 30 e-JESTs to the city in 30. We will continue to sign important agreements this year, as we aim to grow with our electric future vision.”
“We will have an assertive share in Bulgaria”
Reminding that Karsan delivered the first electric minibus in Bulgaria last year, Okan Baş said, “In 2021, we delivered 4 e-JESTs to Dobrich, Bulgaria. Now, as Karsan, we will grow here in the electric minibus segment, and by the end of 2022, we will have reached 34 electric minibuses with this project. The minibus market between 3,5 and 8 tons was 2021 in 65 in Bulgaria. We have already taken a very important step with the tender for 30 electric minibuses we won in Sofia. As Karsan, we think that in 2022 we will have an ambitious share in the Bulgarian minibus market.”
Europe's leader e-JEST
Karsan e-JEST managed to gain a market share of 2019 percent from its class in Europe in 24, the first year it was put on the market, and managed to become the best-selling model in its class in 43 by pulling this share to 2020 percent a year later. According to the European Minibus Market Report of 2021-3.5 tons for 8 published by Wim Chatrou – CME Solutions; The environmentalist model, which managed to improve this success in the last year, managed to increase its share in the electric minibus market in Europe to 51,2 percent and became the champion of its class for two consecutive years. Karsan's electric minibus e-JEST continues its growth trend with important agreements signed in 2022.
The highly maneuverable e-JEST offers a range of up to 210 km.
Proving itself with its high maneuverability and unparalleled passenger comfort, e-JEST can be preferred with a BMW production electric motor producing 170 HP power and 290 Nm torque and also BMW produced 44 and 88 kWh batteries. Offering a range of up to 210 km, the 6-meter small bus shows the best performance in its class, and thanks to the regenerative braking system that provides energy recovery, its batteries can charge itself at a rate of 25 percent. Equipped with a 10,1-inch multimedia touch screen, fully digital instrument panel, keyless start, USB outputs and optionally providing Wi-Fi compatible infrastructure, e-JEST does not match the comfort of a passenger car with its 4-wheel independent suspension system.
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