The industry cooperation project carried out with the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology has come to an end. Within the scope of the project, an electric public transportation system will be introduced, which eliminates exhaust gas, contributes greatly to environmental cleanliness, and reduces operating costs with fuel savings.
ASELSAN will produce batteries for electric public transportation vehicles
Samsun Metropolitan Municipality, which has completed its preparations to use electric buses with lithium batteries in the alternative energy system, will purchase 10 of the domestic and national vehicles produced. Test runs with two charging stations will be completed by the end of the year.
“We are starting a change in public transportation”
Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mustafa Demir said that they will be the first city to start electric bus services.
“We are starting a change in public transportation by implementing the lithium battery electric bus in Samsun for the first time in Turkey. Our procurement tender will be held soon. Aselsan will produce the batteries with a special design for us. We will commission 5 of the ten buses on our line between Çatalçam -Taflan and the Airport in the first place. Then we will use it in all our lines.”
“The vehicles with the lowest operating cost and the highest efficiency will be used”
Demir also gave information about the fuel savings and operating costs of new vehicles and added:
“Our state-of-the-art electric buses, which will travel between the Airport and Taflan on Wednesday, will provide cheaper flights compared to our diesel fueled vehicles. If we take our E1 express line as a basis, the daily cost of a diesel fueled bus varies between 1,300 TL and 1,500 TL, while the daily cost of the electric bus is between 1,500 TL. The cost is 90 TL. The daily cost in the electric system with solar energy is 15 TL. We will use the least and most efficient vehicles as the operating cost. The investment cost is 6 times cheaper than the trolleybus and 12 times cheaper than the rail system, it can be charged in 3 hours. When fully charged, 300 kilometer, 400 kilometers when used in ideal conditions. The operating cost is one third less than diesel fueled buses. Therefore, we will use this system in our other lines as well.”
Kadir Gürkan, Head of Transportation Department, pointed out that an important step has been taken for the transformation of public transportation vehicles with fast charging electric bus systems.
“It will improve the quality of life of people living in metropolitan areas”
Gürkan emphasized that with the inclusion of electric buses in the public transportation system, fuel savings will be achieved, operating costs will decrease, and air pollution will decrease due to their low emission values.
“Since electric vehicles are quiet, noise pollution in cities will also decrease. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution will also increase the quality of life of people living in metropolises. Due to the less mechanical parts they contain, the convenience of operating and maintenance costs also makes electric buses more attractive.”