21 Oct 2019

Karsan at BMW

At Busworld, Karsan presents an Atac Electric bus specially designed for the Western European market, the biggest surprise being BMW's electric powertrain. This bus also measures only eight metres with a capacity of 52 passengers. With this bus, Karsan is aiming for city centres in medium-sized and smaller cities.

Karsan has been present in Eastern and Southern Europe for a while. With the Atac Electric they are now aiming for new markets in Northern and Western Europe. Karsan recently acquired 50% of the French Hervouet Corporate Industry in order to quickly establish a branch/importer in Western Europe. The order book is open and serial production has started. Karsan has been active in the automotive sector for more than half a century. First as an assembly under licence for the world's largest manufacturers, but meanwhile with a wide range of vehicles developed in-house for passenger transport.

A pleasant appearance

The Karsan Atak Electric impresses with its contemporary design. The front wheels are mounted independently, which in combination with the electro-hydraulic power steering offers the driver a pleasant and precise steering. The driver is also pampered with an ISRI driver's seat with 8 possible settings and exterior mirrors with a blind spot on both sides. It also has a separately adjustable air conditioning and heating system. The dashboard consists of a 12.3" digital cluster plus a 10.1" touch screen for operating the lights, air conditioning, radio, etc. Its performance is astonishing, both when accelerating and during regenerative braking. With a turning circle between walls of only 7.28 m and a width of 2.40 m, small roundabouts and narrow streets are no problem for the Atak Electric.

Trusted BMW technology

The five Li-ion BMW i-battery packs come from the BMW i3 and can be charged at night at the location of choice in one gentle charge of 10 hours (AC 22 kW charger), 5 hours (AC 44 kW charger) or in only 3 hours by using a quick charger (DC 80 kW combo 2) . The stored capacity of 220 kWh easily covers 300 km. The engine, also developed by BMW, delivers a peak power of 230 kW and a maximum torque of 2,400 Nm. By regenerative braking, approx. 25% of the daily required energy is recovered and stored again in the batteries. The entire powertrain is covered by a 4-year warranty and its performance is guaranteed for 200,000 km.

The Karsan Atak Electric has a spacious interior despite its compact exterior dimensions. The Atak Electric also comes standard with USB contacts for travelers, a WiFi router can be ordered as one of the few options.

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