The partnership between Temsa and Skoda will make its debut on Prague‘s roads. The companies will deliver a fleet consisting of 14 e-buses by the end of this year. The agreement with the value of approximately 10 million dollars will be Temsa’s first electric bus delivery with its sister company, Škoda. Temsa has delivered a batch of e-buses in Sweden in late 2020.
The delivery also includes a possible option for technical support for the future development of other information system and energy management functions (e.g. remote monitoring of consumption or checking battery status) or battery replacements during the projected life of the buses. Furthermore, software and hardware for diagnosing vehicle faults and static chargers for night charging at the depot. Škoda will deliver a complete fleet of electric buses twelve months after signing the contract. This is the first order for electric buses where Škoda will cooperate with its Turkish affiliate Temsa.
In 2020 Temsa Transportation Vehicles has been sold to ExSa and the investment group PPF IndustryCO, which are a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding and the major shareholder of Škoda Transportation respectively. The two companies completed all official processes for acquisition of Temsa Transportation Vehicles, it was announced in late October.
Temsa – Skoda: the e-bus charged with the tram line
The electric buses Škoda E’CITY is a fully low-floor, emission-free, battery-powered vehicle that has a guaranteed range of more than 100 kilometers on a single charge, the manufacturer says. Its charging power is up to 150kW, and charging takes place using a double arm pantograph located on the vehicle and an on-board galvanically isolated charger directly from the 600V/750V DC network. Then, the e-bus is fed with energy, during the operations, from the existing tram line. There is also the option of plug-in overnight charging in the depot from a socket. Air conditioning and heating are also purely electric, and the driver’s cab is closed due to higher safety requirements.
There is naturally also a space for prams and wheelchairs, as well as places for people with reduced mobility. The electric bus will be equipped with a modern information and check-in system, including automatic passenger counting and equipment for the blind. There will also be a camera system for passenger safety.
Temsa – Skoda: a debut in Prague
“During the day, when the bus is running, recharging will be done from the existing tram line with the help of a pantograph. I am glad that the Prague Transport Company will acquire the latest ŠKODA E’City electric bus. It will thus benefit from the acquisition of Temsa by the PPF Group, which has substantially enhanced the Škoda Group in the field of wheeled vehicles,” says Zdeněk Majer, Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Vice President for Sales of the Škoda Transportation Group and Member of the Board of Directors of Temsa.
Temsa and Skoda share technology for electric buses
Temsa CEO Tolga Doğancıoğlu says: “With the technological transformation in the world, the interest shifting towards electric vehicles continues to increase day by day. Especially in Europe, we see that significant steps have been taken to accelerate this transformation and to lay the infrastructure for a sustainable and green urban transport system. We are very pleased to be delivering our first fleet of electric buses, produced with joint technology with our sister company, Škoda Transportation, to Prague. We, as Temsa, maintaining our R&D studies to ensure that we are among the game-changer companies of the industry in the field of electric vehicles. Within this context, thanks to the power and know-how of our joint technology, I believe that Škoda Transportation and Temsa will achieve bigger success stories in different markets in the upcoming period”
“I am pleased that Škoda has succeeded in this tender. We will supply vehicles to our capital that do not burden the environment in any way, that operate quietly and, in addition, have low operating costs, making their operation sustainable in the long run. It will be a new 12-meter completely low-floor bus with comfortable equipment like full-vehicle air conditioning, comfortable seats, a sophisticated information system and advanced energy management of the entire vehicle fleet,” says Chairman of the Board and President of Škoda Transportation Petr Brzezina.