Karsan has started in late 2023 to serve in Japan after North America and has goal to sell 100 units in the country within this year. The e-Jest, the first right-hand drive vehicle in the history of the Turkish brand, is distributed by dealer Altech in this market.

Karsan entered the Japanese market through the cooperation agreement signed with Altech in April 2023, and has launched the e-Jest model in Japan during a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy held in December 2023.

Karsan Jest for Japan, through Altech

Karsan CEO Okan Baş said: “We are now adding the Japanese market to our successes in Europe and the rapid expansion of our vehicle park in the North American market. We are transforming public transport across the world with our vision of being One Step Ahead in the Future of Mobility. This transformation began with the 6-meter electric minibus e-JEST at the end of 2018. Through this launch, we, as Karsan, have become the first European e-bus brand to enter Japan. In addition, we have found an opportunity to serve in a broad geography from Canada to Japan. We aim to sell 100 units in the Japanese market in 2024″

Altech President Toshishige Ikeya said: “Although this is Altech’s first experience in entering the automobile industry with electric bus solution, we believe our spirit of taking on challenges will lead us to success. We are confident that our electric bus business will be a main driving force of our company in the future, and Karsan’s cooperation is essential to ensure our success. We hope to maintain our valuable partnership with Karsan as well as work together to develop the electric bus market in Japan for many years to come.”


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