Karsan launches new electric bus series

Sept. 28, 2021
With e-ATA, Karsan now offers a full range of electric bus sizes.

Karsan has launched its new electric bus series, e-ATA, that comes in three different sizes of 10, 12 and 18 meters long.

“We have been looking for a flexible and environmentally friendly answer to address the increasing need for large electric public transport vehicles in crowded cities," said Okan Baş, CEO of Karsan. "The 10, 12 and 18 meter long e-ATA series is a product of our experience with electric vehicles that have so far covered two million kilometers, transferred into the domain of large buses. This makes our electric range a complete solution making us the one and only brand in Europe to offer fully electric vehicles in all sizes from six meters to 18 meters.” 

e-ATA comes with seven different battery packs ranging from 150 kWh to 600 kWh depending on the need. While its maximum battery capacity is 300 kWh for 10 meters and 450 kWh for 12 meters, it can go up to 600 kWh for its 18-meter class. e-ATA’s wheel-mounted electric hub motors deliver 250 kW of peak power and 22,000 Nm of torque in its 10 and 12 meter versions. 

The e-ATA 12-meter model offers the possibility of driving up to 450 kilometers on a single charge when the vehicle is full, on a real bus route and with the air conditioning running in the heat of the summer. With a charging power of up to 150 kW with a wired connection, e-ATA can be charged in one to four hours, depending on the preferred battery pack. In addition to wired charging, e-ATA also offers a high-capacity fast-charging option that allows drivers to recharge at stops without getting out of the vehicle.

e-ATA offers passengers a full low-floor interior for unobstructed freedom of movement. The e-ATA model offers flexibility in terms of capacity as well as size and electric motor options. With e-ATA, the vehicles are able to carry 90 passengers with 10 meters, more than 100 passengers on the 12 meter model and more than 150 passengers with the 18 meter model, depending on the preferred battery package.

With its electric hub motor technology positioned on the wheels, e-ATA offers a large, spacious and ergonomic interior, making the driving experience more efficient. The VDV-compatible driver’s cockpit enables control of the vehicle down to the smallest detail. Drivers have full control over the vehicle, overseeing energy consumption, reading warnings and checking the air conditioning using the screen in front of them.

While safety systems such as mirror camera, collision and lane departure warning guarantee the safe travel of the driver and passengers, e-ATA offers high safety thanks to its electrical and electronic infrastructure that complies with the ISO 26262 Functional Safety standard, according to Karsan.