Karsan wins the 35 million Euro huge bid for the electric public transportation system!
Karsan won the 100 percent electric public transportation bids opened by the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and reached an agreement for the Turkish automotive industry’s largest electric bus export to date. As a result of the bid, signatures were signed for the export of 35 million Euros of the public transportation system in two separate ceremonies held in Romania with the participation of Karsan CEO Okan Baş. Karsan won both bids with its 100 percent electric 18-meter-long bus. Leading the sector with its high-tech products, Karsan will deliver a total of 56 electric buses, 44 of which are to Timișoara Municipality and 12 to Braşov Municipality, within the scope of the bid. In addition, it will install a total of 75 charging stations, 19 of which are fast charging, in the region, and will provide a comprehensive electric public transport system service by undertaking all maintenance and garage operation of the vehicles for 6 years.
Karsan, the pioneer of its sector, which has broken grounds on a global scale with its work in the field of electric and autonomous vehicles, has achieved a huge export of 35 million Euros with the two electric bus bids it won in Romania. Karsan has reached an agreement to realize the highest amount of electric bus exports in Turkey with these agreements. The Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration opened both tenders received by Karsan. Accordingly, Karsan won the bid for 44 electric buses of the Timișoara Municipality and 12 of the 18-meter-long electric buses of the Braşov Municipality to be used in urban public transportation services. Karsan will also establish 75 charging stations, 19 of which are fast charging, in Romania, and will provide a comprehensive electric public transport system service by undertaking the maintenance and garage operation of the vehicles for 6 years. Within the scope of the tenders, Karsan will export 56 zero-emission buses, consisting of 18-meter-long 100% electric models, to Romania, and aims to make the first deliveries by 2022.
“Our second largest electric bus market is in Romania”
Karsan CEO Okan Baş said, “The future of transportation passes through electric and driverless public transportation vehicles. We continue our investments in this area without slowing down. Since 2018, we have been bringing our 100 percent, electric models, together on the roads one after the other. While Atak Electric and Jest Electric continue to be Europe’s zero-emission choices, they have also covered more than 1 million kilometers and provided us with an important experience. Today, our electric buses serve in many countries around the world, from Romania, France, Germany, Portugal, and even Mexico. Romania is a very valuable market for us. After France, our largest electric bus park, with 65 units, is located in Romania. In addition, Romania is a country that adapts very quickly to the electric transformation in transportation. We are responding to Romania’s rapid transformation and efficient public transportation needs with our high-tech electrical products in all sizes from 6 meters to 18 meters. In terms of keeping pace with the technological transformation, the dynamics of the Karsan brand and the dynamics of Romania quite overlap with each other.” while speaking at the signing ceremonies held within the scope of the two bids won.