Otokar is exhibiting 7 buses of its range of city and interurban buses (with 3 premieres) at Busworld Europe, plus promoting its telematics system BusMonitor and EV charger solutions.

Otokar unveils at Busworld its first Fuel Cell electric bus Kent Hydrogen and 13 meter electric interurban bus e-Territo. Otokar’s technology demonstrator bus Autonomous e-Centro will carry the visitors of the exhibition providing a shuttle service at between the halls. Current and prospective users visiting the Otokar booth will also find the opportunity to see the new design of Navigo buses, the best-seller medium size bus of many countries in Europe.

The birth of Otokar Kent Hydrogen

The Otokar Kent Hydrogen is designed as 12m low-floor to meet all requirements in urban transportation. Thanks to its 21 tons maximum axle capacities and large interior volume, it has a carrying capacity of up to 104 people. Being lighter than the electric vehicles (with higher package numbers) in its segment has positively affected its high passenger carrying capacity. Kent Hydrogen features Type-IV (carbon-reinforced structure) hydrogen storage system positioned on the roof of vehicle.

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With a hydrogen storage capacity of approximately 1600L and 38kg, it provides filling opportunity in less than 10 minutes with hydrogen of SAE J2600 quality standard. Kent Hydrogen reduces costs for operators by reducing filling station and vehicle number requirements thanks to its short filling time. New technology fuel cell module positioned on top of vehicle provides power to 340 kW traction motor. Kent Hydrogen provides range of over 500 km and efficient operational hours thanks to its high hydrogen storage capacity, low hydrogen consumption and high technology reliable systems.

What about Otokar e-Territo?

e-Territo is available in two different battery capacity options, resulting in two different ranges and two different luggage capacity. The maximum output is 410 kilowatts with a maximum torque of 3,100 newton meters.

The bus is powered by lithium-iron-phosphate batteries. The battery modules are installed on the bottom of the bus to achieve superior center of gravity enabling improved handling.

A double central door, an area reserved for wheelchair users, and an optional platform lift facilitate access for all passengers.

Otokar focus on connectivity

Predictive or preventive maintenance is key for fleets to streamline their operations. Otokar developed its telematics system BusMonitor. The visitors of Otokar stand at Busworld can get detail information and review a demo of the system which is in use in Istanbul BRT line.

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BusMonitor “enables monitoring the performance of the fleet in real time with user-friendly interface. It detects all vehicle type’s anomalies by defining alarm limits for the data which is obtained from canbus line, no matter the manufacturer. While communicating information about the vehicle’s location, speed, vehicle range and engine performance, BusMonitor also offers route history and fault codes at cluster. By flexibility of our system, you can track both your asset’s and driver’s performance by customizable reports”, Otokar says.

Apart from its new bus models, Otokar exhibits its ULYSO T and TERRITO buses, its well-known buses for interurban and tourism segments. Otokar also displayed its EV charger solutions in two different capacities.

Spotlight on Otokar Autonomous e-Centro at Busworld

Autonomous e-Centro, which has Level 4 autonomous driving technology, can travel without a need of human driver and also comply with traffic rules. The vehicle, which can detect its own position precisely, has the ability to determine its route in the most optimum way, taking into account the current road situation information, thanks to its technological equipment.

The vehicle can also manage stopping and moving times by itself and can also navigate smoothly at intersections and roundabouts. It slows down at speed bumps and pedestrian crossings and gives priority to pedestrians. It has an advanced hill performance. Autonomous e-Centro, which can follow the vehicle in front of it in accordance with the safe following distance, can detect possible dangers while driving and make emergency braking or evasive actions quickly. While doing all this, it does not disturb its passengers and the environment.

Otokar just added Italian division

Otokar has recently added a subsidiary company in Italy to its European operations after the companies in France and Romania. The company has acquired Mauri Bus Systems, elevating their successful dealer partnership of nearly 13 years to a new level. Otokar plans to make a step change in the Italian market mainly with its renewed portfolio of zero emission vehicles through its new company. Mauri Bus Systems has contributed significantly to Otokar’s success in the Italian bus market, has delivered more than 700 Otokar branded buses to date.

The Italian company, which celebrated its 101st anniversary last year, had been selling Otokar branded vehicles and providing after-sales services. Otokar signed important framework agreements in the Italian market in the previous years, and as part of these agreements, placed orders for Vectio and Kent buses in 2022. The majority of Otokar buses that will operate in the Tuscany and Puglia regions, will be natural gas-powered. Otokar has also recently received orders for electric buses to serve different cities of Italy.

Otokar in 60 countries worldwide

Stating that Otokar is the leader bus brand of Turkiye, Kerem Erman, Head of Otokar Commercial Vehiclessaid; “Tens of thousands of buses currently carries millions of passengers in more than 60 countries worldwide, particularly Europe. We strive to offer the innovative products and services to our users with more than 60 years of experience, engineering, and R&D capabilities. We aim to meet the requirements of operators with cost-effective, green and sustainable transportation solutions.”

Kerem Erman continued: “Our user-focused approach has earned us high levels of customer loyalty in the segments we operate in. Thanks to the trust of operators and their interest in our products, we have become a manufacturer that obtains 72 percent of its turnover from global markets. Our goal is to introduce our entire product portfolio to the European market with zero emissions, to be the largest bus manufacturing plant in Europe, and to become one of the prominent players in the market in this field. We aim to continue our growth in Europe by expanding into new markets such as the Nordic countries.”

Erman noted that to ensure this goals Otokar allocates 7% of its revenues for R&D activities: “Continuous efforts to develop our further and pioneer innovation are the drivers of Otokar’s success. Our R&D spending amounted to EURO 307 million in the last decade. With design, testing and manufacturing capabilities, we are able to respond to the evolving needs and requirements of different operators in global markets.”

Denis Toublanc, Otokar Europe Marketing Director said: “We believe hydrogen buses’ potential to reduce emissions, extend range, and support clean air initiatives makes them a compelling choice for the future of public transit. As hydrogen infrastructure continue to develop, we look forward to seeing more hydrogen buses on the roads, moving us closer to a cleaner and greener future.”

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