Offering advanced technology mobility solutions with the vision of being 'One Step Ahead in the Future of Mobility', Karsan entered the North American market with e-JEST, the leading model of the electric minibus market in Europe for two consecutive years. With the delivery to the Canadian city of Saint John in cooperation with Karsan's distributor Damera, the e-JEST model begins service as the first low-floor electric minibus to carry 6 meters (20 feet) passengers in North America. Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Gary Crossman, Mayor of Saint John Donna Reardon, Karsan Exports Deputy General Manager Deniz Çetin, Damera Bus CEO Raj Mahadeo, Saint John parliamentarian attended the delivery ceremony held for e-JESTs that will be put into service in the city of Saint John. members, many members of the press, and senior executives of Karsan and Damera companies, which ensured the realization of the project.
Commenting on the subject, Karsan CEO Okan Baş stated that they have identified North America as the target market after Europe and said, “We continue our global cooperation with Canada in North America in line with our strategy. In this context, following the distributorship agreement we signed with Damera last year, we made our first e-JEST delivery and once again broke new ground as Karsan. Karsan e-JEST, which will start carrying passengers in Saint John, Canada in September, has become Canada's first low-floor electric minibus offering public transportation service in 20 feet. As Karsan, we are happy to lead the electric transformation of Canada in public transportation with the e-JEST we delivered to the city of Saint John. With Karsan e-JEST, we aim to have our electrical product range in the North American market effectively in the coming period, and we continue our efforts in this direction at full speed.”
With the vision of being one step ahead in the future of mobility, Karsan offers public transportation solutions suitable for the needs of the age, and continues its progress towards becoming a global brand. Supporting the transformation of the transportation infrastructure of many European cities with its electric product range and providing a lasting success, Karsan also broke new ground in the North American market. Following the agreement signed with Damera, Karsan's European market leader 100% electric minibus model e-JEST has become the first low-floor electric minibus to carry passengers in public transportation in Canada with a length of 20 feet. Maintaining the title of best-selling electric minibus in the European market last year, e-JEST is now starting its service in Saint John, Canada.
“We will continue to break new ground”
Commenting on the subject, Karsan CEO Okan Baş stated that they have determined North America as the target market after Europe and said, “After our Autonomous Atak model, which is the first autonomous vehicle carrying passengers in Norway, we will also be 20 feet tall in North America. We broke new ground by launching our first low-floor electric minibus in public transportation. We continue our global cooperation with Canada in North America in line with our strategy. In this context, following the distributorship agreement we signed with Damera last year, we made our first e-JEST delivery and once again broke new ground as Karsan. Karsan e-JEST, which will start carrying passengers in Saint John, Canada in September, has become Canada's first low-floor electric minibus offering public transportation service in 20 feet. With the e-JEST we delivered to the city of Saint John, we, as Karsan, are happy to lead the electric transformation of Canada in public transportation.”
Karsan will be a part of the transformation!
Canada's City of Saint John has made a commitment to transformation by taking important steps in electric vehicles. With Karsan, this important new green initiative, where the first steps of transformation are taking place, further strengthens the city's commitment to replace carbon-emitting vehicles in its fleet with battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2040. Joining the city's fleet, Karsan e-JEST minibuses seem to be perfectly suited for on-demand transportation services in residential areas, both with their size and with their emission-free and quiet operation. This is expected to be a source of inspiration for municipalities that aim to make the same transformation across the country in the future.
Karsan, the choice of the city moving forward
Known as the city of firsts and zamMoving forward at the moment, the City of Saint John took its first steps with Karsan e-JEST for green transportation, which is the future of public transportation systems in the world. A fleet of six 20-foot Karsan e-JEST will enter service in Saint John this September as part of the city's Public Transport Transformation Program. First announced in 2021, this program aims to transform the municipal transport system using electric buses and an on-demand bus service expected to launch later this year.
Karsan is entrusted to the experienced Damera in Canada
Being among the first choices of cities that pay attention to carbon emissions and have an environmental vision, Karsan's distributor in Canada, Damera, operates across the country with its experience and extensive knowledge in the bus and public transportation industry. Damera, which has an expert staff in sales, zamIt also stands out in the field of after-sales services with its central facility where the latest technology paint booth is located and spare parts network, where detailed repairs and repairs are carried out at the same time.
Karsan continues to grow in the North American market
Karsan e-JEST is currently circulating in Canada with great interest as part of customer promotions. Taking firm steps forward in North America, Karsan aims to have its electrical product range in the market effectively in the coming period, together with e-JEST, and continues its efforts in this direction at full speed. In addition, another member of the electrical product family sent the Autonomous e-ATAK vehicle to Michigan State University in the USA to work on its campuses. Autonomous e-ATAK currently carries students, lecturers and visitors on campus, offering Karsan branded driverless vehicle experience in real traffic conditions in North America.
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, e-JEST's 6-meter (20-foot) small bus shows the best performance in its class, and thanks to its regenerative braking system that provides energy recovery, its batteries can charge itself at a rate of 25 percent. Equipped with a 10,1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, fully digital instrument cluster, keyless start, USB port and optionally providing Wi-Fi compatible infrastructure, e-JEST is just as comfortable as a passenger car with its 4-wheel independent suspension system.