BMW i also advances electromobility in local public transport.

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The fully electric city bus “Jest” made by Karsan runs on BMW i3 engines and high-voltage batteries. In this way, BMW i is consistently moving into another field of application for pioneering, emissions-free drive technologies.

Via BMW Press­Club

Munich. BMW i is con­sis­tent­ly mov­ing into addi­tion­al fields of appli­ca­tion for local­ly emis­sions-free dri­ve tech­nol­o­gy, now also pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty in pub­lic local trans­port. For the first time, the elec­tric motors and high-volt­age bat­ter­ies devel­oped for the BMW i3 will be used to pow­er a city bus made by the well-known Turk­ish man­u­fac­tur­er Karsan which is designed specif­i­cal­ly for use in inner-city traf­fic. The BMW Group and Karsan have signed an agree­ment involv­ing the sup­ply of motors and bat­ter­ies for the pure­ly elec­tri­cal­ly pow­ered mod­el “Jest elec­tric”, which is pro­duced in Bur­sa in Turkey for both the domes­tic mar­ket and for inter­na­tion­al mar­kets. This col­lab­o­ra­tion once again reflects the aim of BMW i to pro­vide stim­uli in pro­mot­ing urban mobil­i­ty geared towards sus­tain­abil­i­ty. The BMW i elec­tric motors and high-volt­age bat­ter­ies used in the Karsan Jest elec­tric enable pub­lic trans­porta­tion net­work oper­a­tors to pro­vide their pas­sen­gers with com­fort­able and local­ly emis­sions-free trav­el on inner-city roads.

Pub­lic trans­porta­tion is the lat­est of a whole range of spheres of activ­i­ty in which BMW i tech­nol­o­gy enables enhanced sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Since last year, for exam­ple, BMW i has sup­plied ener­gy stor­age tech­nol­o­gy for local­ly emis­sions-free mobil­i­ty to Streetscoot­er GmbH, a 100 per cent sub­sidiary of Deutsche Post. The BMW i bat­tery mod­ules enable the street scoot­er to be used all day for deliv­er­ing let­ters and pack­ages with­out the need for inter­im charg­ing. The high-volt­age bat­ter­ies devel­oped for the BMW i3 also sup­ply ener­gy for sus­tain­able mobil­i­ty on the water, a project which like­wise start­ed in 2017. The com­pa­ny Torqee­do – a glob­al leader in the man­u­fac­ture of boat dri­ves – uses the bat­ter­ies as the ener­gy source for its motors. In addi­tion BMW i high-volt­age bat­ter­ies are deployed as sta­tion­ary ener­gy stor­age units for pow­er gen­er­at­ed from renew­able ener­gy sources, name­ly wind and solar plants. “Our indus­tri­al clients appre­ci­ate the easy han­dling of the plug-and-play tech­nol­o­gy offered by BMW i com­po­nents, as well as their robust­ness and reli­a­bil­i­ty – as demon­strat­ed in well over 100 000 BMW i sold world­wide”, says Uwe Bre­itweg, Head of BMW Group Dri­ve Sys­tems for Indus­try Clients.

The increas­ing demand for appli­ca­tions beyond elec­tri­cal­ly pow­ered vehi­cles and plug-in hybrid mod­els in the prod­uct range of the BMW Group brands high­lights the far-sight­ed, uni­ver­sal char­ac­ter of BMW i with its holis­tic ori­en­ta­tion towards sus­tain­abil­i­ty. BMW i pos­sess­es con­cen­trat­ed devel­op­ment exper­tise in the areas of elec­tric motors and high-volt­age bat­ter­ies – includ­ing bat­tery man­age­ment – and this can be used for a grow­ing num­ber of prod­ucts and fields of appli­ca­tion in day-to-day life.

The elec­tric motors and high-volt­age bat­ter­ies devel­oped inde­pen­dent­ly by the BMW Group are char­ac­terised by excel­lent per­for­mance qual­i­ties and a high degree of reli­a­bil­i­ty. They are pro­duced at the BMW plant in Din­golf­ing. The BMW Group com­pe­tence cen­tre for elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty has con­tin­u­ous­ly expand­ed its prod­uct capac­i­ty and man­u­fac­tur­ing exper­tise over recent years. The elec­tric syn­chro­nous motor of the BMW i3 that will be used to pow­er the Karsan Jest elec­tric in future gen­er­ates a peak out­put of 125 kW/170 hp and a max­i­mum torque of 250 Nm.

The ener­gy required is sup­plied by a lithi­um-ion bat­tery whose com­pact dimen­sions and low weight make it per­fect for a wide range of appli­ca­tions. The high-volt­age bat­tery con­sists of 8 mod­ules com­pris­ing 12 cells each and pro­vides a capac­i­ty of up to  44 kilo­watt-hours (kWh). With a com­bi­na­tion of two high-volt­age bat­ter­ies, pre-series pro­to­types of the Karsan Jest elec­tric achieve a capac­i­ty of 88 kilo­watt-hours and there­fore a range of 210 kilo­me­tres. When used on sched­uled ser­vices, this means the city bus can run for 18 hours on end with­out an inter­im stop to refresh its ener­gy sup­plies. The com­pact size of the elec­tric motor and high-volt­age bat­tery are also advan­ta­geous in terms of inte­ri­or space. Mea­sur­ing some six metres in length, the Karsan Jest elec­tric offers room for up to 26 pas­sen­gers – four more than the pre­vi­ous con­ven­tion­al­ly pow­ered ver­sion of the mod­el. The city bus is fit­ted with low-floor tech­nol­o­gy which gives pas­sen­gers with pushchairs and wheel­chairs con­ve­nient access.

Vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­er Karsan was found­ed in 1966 and oper­ates its own devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion facil­i­ties in Bur­sa in west­ern Turkey, act­ing both as a pro­duc­tion part­ner to inter­na­tion­al auto­mo­tive com­pa­nies as well as devel­op­ing and pro­duc­ing its own vehi­cles for local and long-dis­tance trans­port. The prod­uct port­fo­lio ranges from small vans, city bus­es and coach­es to artic­u­lat­ed bus­es for use on sched­uled ser­vices. “Col­lab­o­ra­tion with the BMW Group enables us to meet our cus­tomers’ needs in the elec­tric vehi­cle seg­ment too, as well as help­ing us take a major step for­ward in our trans­for­ma­tion to becom­ing a sup­pli­er of sus­tain­able mobil­i­ty solu­tions,” explains Okan Baş, CEO of Karsan Auto­mo­bil Indus­trie- und Han­dels­ge­sellschaft.

About BMW i.

BMW i is a BMW Group brand that stands for net­worked mobil­i­ty ser­vices, vision­ary vehi­cle con­cepts and a new pre­mi­um phi­los­o­phy that draws strong­ly on the idea of sus­tain­abil­i­ty. BMW i is rep­re­sent­ed in 74 coun­tries with the mod­els BMW i3 (elec­tri­cal­ly pow­ered vehi­cle for urban regions), the BMW i8 (plug-in hybrid sports car) and BMW iPer­for­mance auto­mo­biles (all BMW plug-in hybrid vehi­cles).

BMW i taps into new tar­get groups on behalf of the com­pa­ny as a whole and serves as an incu­ba­tor for inno­va­tions. Once tech­nolo­gies have been suc­cess­ful­ly applied for the first time to BMW i, they are trans­ferred to the BMW par­ent brand.

Oth­er busi­ness areas asso­ci­at­ed with BMW i are Dri­veNow (car shar­ing), Reach­Now (car shar­ing 2.0), ChargeNow (sim­ple access to the world’s largest net­work of charg­ing sta­tions), Par­kNow (sim­ple loca­tion, reser­va­tion and pay­ment of park­ing spaces), BMW i Ven­tures (invest­ment in young com­pa­nies focus­ing on urban mobil­i­ty), BMW Ener­gy (ener­gy ser­vices) and the Com­pe­tence Cen­tre for Urban Mobil­i­ty (con­sul­ta­tion ser­vice for munic­i­pal author­i­ties).

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