Running fast and silent are Karsan minibuses, even in North America. That’s right, because 15 new e-Jest are frolicking on the streets of Oakville, Canada, after already serving the streets of Saint John, New Brunswick.

While to date Karsan has played a leading role in the transformation of European transportation with its driverless and electric vehicles, the parent company is now looking to expand into the North American market. And in fact recently the Bursa-based company signed a distribution agreement with one of Canada’s leading bus companies, Damera Bus Sales Canada Corp. Soon after, Karsan delivered six e-Jest buses to Saint John, New Brunswick, whose public transportation system was the first in Canada to use low-floor electric minibuses. Now, as mentioned, it has supplied fifteen more e-Jest vehicles to another major Canadian city, Oakville, Ontario, through Damera Bus.

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Karsan’s e-Jest for Oakville

In Oakville, the e-Jest minibuses are expected to replace all of the city’s diesel buses, helping to keep the region quiet. Anita Anand (Canadian Minister of Defense/Deputy Minister of Oakville) commented, «The first group of specialized zero-emission, battery-electric buses coming to Oakville is an exciting milestone for our community that will bring us one step closer to a net-zero emission future by 2050».

So, the words of Karsan CEO Okan Baş, who makes no secret of the manufacturer’s goals for the North American market: «e-Jest has conquered Europe for three consecutive years; now it is beginning to blossom in North America as the first ever electric minibus. Our vehicles are quiet and environmentally friendly, and this matches Oakville’s vision of being Canada’s ‘most livable city.’ We are proud to play a key role in the city’s transition to electric transportation by delivering the city’s first zero-emission vehicles. We are making a quantum leap and launching our first electric minibuses in North America. We have high hopes and expect to expand our e-JEST deliveries to other parts of Canada in the near future. So far we have done well in Europe, now it’s time to grow in Canada and the rest of North America»


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