KARSAN BUS FOR NARROW STREETS
At Busworld, Karsan is presenting a prototype of the electric Jest minibus for the very first time. As from 2017 the production of this wheelchair-accessible minibus will started up. Because of the Jest minibus’s compact dimensions, Karsan is mainly focussing on historic city centres and districts with narrow streets.
Bearing this in mind, the bus can be used on supply routes to junctions and connection points to the bigger public transport network in cities. However, the minibus can also be deployed during off-peak hours and in this way replace subway trains and city buses with low capacity utilisation.
According to Karsan the Jest, only six metres long and fitted with a Euro 6 engine, is the only low-floor bus with a normal height and accessible to wheelchair users. Since its launch in May 2013 the Jest is now the most popular minibus in Turkey. Just in Istanbul more than 1,850 buses are driving around, spread over 120 different lines. In the whole of Turkey more than 3,000 vehicles have already been sold. In the meantime there are also Jest minibuses driving around in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and Germany. Next to the Jest, Karsan is also displaying the 8-metre long Atak and Star buses during Busworld.