Karsan Entered the North American Market with e-JEST in Canada
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. Along with the delivery made to the Canadian city of Saint John in cooperation with Karsan’s distributor Damera, e-JEST model starts offering service as the first electric low entrance, 6 meters (20-foot) minibus for public transportation in North America. Gary Crossman, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Donna Reardon, Mayor of Saint John, Deniz Çetin, Karsan Exports Deputy General Manager, Raj Mahadeo, Damera Bus CEO, Saint John parliamentarian, a large number of press members, and senior executives of Karsan and Damera companies, which ensured the realization of the project, attended the delivery ceremony held for small bus e-JEST to be put into service in Saint John city.
Commenting on the subject, Okan Baş, Karsan CEO, stated that they have identified North America as the target market after Europe and said, “We continue our global collaborations with Canada in North America in accordance with our strategy. In this context, following the distributorship agreement that we signed with Damera last year, we realized our first e-JEST delivery and once again we blazed the trail as Karsan. Starting to carry passengers in Saint John city of Canada in September, Karsan e-JEST has become Canada’s first low entrance, 20-foot electric minibus offering public transportation service. With e-JEST that we have delivered to the Saint John city, as Karsan, we are glad to lead the electric transformation of Canada in public transportation. 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.”
Offering public transportation solutions appropriate for the needs of the age with the vision of being one step ahead in the future of mobility, Karsan 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 achievement, Karsan also blazed the trail 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 entrance 20-foot electric minibus to carry passengers in public transportation in Canada. Maintaining its title of best-selling electric minibus in the European market last year, e-JEST is now starting to offer service in Saint John city of Canada.
“We will continue blaze the trails”
Commenting on the subject, Okan Baş, Karsan CEO, stated that they have determined North America as the target market after Europe and said, “After our Autonomous Atak model that is the first autonomous vehicle carrying passengers in Norway, we blazed the trail again by launching our first low entrance 20-foot electric minibus for public transportation in North America. We continue our global collaboration with Canada in North America in compliance with our strategy. In this context, following the distributorship agreement that we signed with Damera last year, we realized our first e-JEST delivery and once again we blazed the trail as Karsan. Starting to carry passengers in Saint John city of Canada in September, Karsan e-JEST has become Canada’s first low entrance, 20-foot electric minibus offering public transportation service. With e-JEST that we have delivered to the Saint John city, as Karsan, we are glad to lead the electric transformation of Canada in public transportation.”
Karsan will be a part of the transformation!
Saint John City of Canada has made a commitment to transformation by taking significant steps in electric vehicles. In this important new green initiative where the first steps of transformation took place with Karsan, the commitment for replacing the carbon releasing vehicles in the fleet of the city with battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2040 strengthens further. Joining the fleet of the city, 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 noise-free 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 always moving forward, the City of Saint John took its first steps with Karsan e-JEST for green transportation – the future of public transportation systems in the world. A fleet of six 20-foot Karsan e-JEST will start offering service in Saint John this September as part of the city’s Public Transport Transformation Program. First announced in 2021, with this program, it is aimed to transform the municipal transportation 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
Listed 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 comprehensive knowledge in the bus and public transportation industry. Owning a team experienced in sales, Damera also shows its difference in the field of after-sales services with its central facility where detailed repairs and refits are carried out and the state-of-the-art paint booth is located, as well as its spare part network.
Karsan continues to grow in the North American market
Karsan e-JEST is currently in circulation in Canada with great interest as part of customer promotions. Taking firm steps forward in North America, Karsan aims to have its electric product range in the market effectively in the coming period along with e-JEST, and continues its efforts in this direction at full speed. In addition to this, another member of the electrical product family – the Autonomous e-ATAK vehicle was sent 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 autonomous vehicle experience in real traffic conditions in North America.
Equipped with a high manoeuvre capability, e-JEST offers a range of up to 210 km.
Proving itself with its high manoeuvre capability and unique passenger comfort, e-JEST can be preferred with a BMW production electric motor producing 170 HP power and 290 Nm torque and also BMW production 44 and 88 kWh batteries. Exhibiting the best performance in 6 meters (20-foot) small-scale bus class in this sense by offering a range of up to 210 km, e-JEST’s batteries are capable of self-charging at 25 percent with its regenerative braking system that provides energy recovery. Equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display, 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.
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