Turkish Company ‘Currently in Discussions with a U.S.-Based Manufacturer’
Turkey’s Karsan is gearing up to display a 42-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit bus at the UTIP Global Transport Summit next week in Montreal – and says it wants to build the “Sunshine” vehicle in the U.S. to meet federal “Buy America” funding requirements.
“The timing of the conference is ideal in that we are currently in discussions with a U.S.-based manufacturer and further our decades-long experience in urban transit on an even-more global scale,” Karsan business development and projects director Levent Erdogan said in a release.
The vehicle has successfully completed Altoona testing and is currently completing FMVSS/CMVSS certification, Karsan says, and “will be ready for sale before the end of 2017.”
Cummins Westport & Luxfer
The vehicle is powered by the dedicated-natural gas 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport.
Karsan is using Type IV CNG fuel cylinders from Luxfer, says Karsan U.S. sales chief Peter Schenkman.
‘A Class Leader in Fuel Economy and Range’
“We are still analyzing fuel economy test results but it appears initially the bus will be a class leader in fuel economy and range,” he told F&F.
Karsan, a 51year-old company has produced more than 277,000 total vehicles, ranging in size from 5 meters (16.4 feet) to 18 meters (59 feet), sold in nearly 20 countries.
UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit takes place May 15-17 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.
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Source: Karsan USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up