RusAutoNews.Com – The first electric bus, developed by Russian Drive Electro company specially for the Turkish car manufacturer Otokar, has been delivered to Turkey.
The contract for the development and the creation of the electric buses, equipped with the engineering company Drive Electro’s own production lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, was concluded with Otokar in December 2016 and the first sample of the vehicle has already been sent to Turkey from Moscow in August 2017.Otokar plans to conduct factory tests on the electric bus, to be followed by trial operations by the municipality of Istanbul.
As stated by the press office of Drive Electro, the electric buses are 100% low-floor, 12m long large class vehicles. The power reserve of the electric bus with LTO battery is within the range of 40-50 km. Charging takes place at the final stops of the routes for 6-10 minutes, which is 20 times less than the average charging time of the previous generation of batteries.
Drive Electro has implemented a number of battery run electric passenger transport projects up to today. NEFAZ electric cars and buses, developed by Drive Electro under the commission of the fuel company of Rosatom: TVEL, have been in operation in Novosibirsk since 2012. 13 trolleybuses have been running on the routes of Tula since 2014, which are the world’s first trolleybuses based on lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries. Drive Electro has manufactured the first electric buses with LTO batteries in Russia in cooperation with KAMAZ in Spring 2015. The vehicle has already passed the all-season tests in Moscow region on the route to Skolkovo, to be followed by Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region. Tests are being conducted in Lipetsk at the moment. 10 trolleybuses with Drive Electro LTO batteries have been sent to Gorelectrotrans in St. Petersburg in August 2017. The company has also projects on the development of electric vehicles on the chassis of Ford Transit and GAZelle LCV.
The Russian company has also entered the East European market. Joint production of Drive Electro and Belkommunmash: 32100D trolleybuses with a large margin of autonomous movement have been running on the roads of Gomel and Grodno (Belarus) since the end of 2016.
RusAutoNews.Com – KAMAZ and the Turkish company Tirsan Kardan have signed a protocol with the intention to create a joint venture for the production of cardan shafts in Russia.
The protocol has been signed during the 86th Izmir International Fair in Turkey. The general director of KAMAZ Sergei Kogogin has signed the document from the Russian side and Mehmet Tiryakiler, representing the board of directors of Tiryakiler company, from Turkey. Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci and the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov also took part in the event.
“The joint venture will be called ‘Tirsan-Kama’ and its purpose will be the production and delivery of cardan shafts to the conveyors of commercial vehicle manufacturers in Russia and CIS” – as stated in the press release of the agreement. The future enterprise is planned to be established at KIP-Master Industrial Park located in Naberezhnie Chelny / Tatarstan.
Tirsan Kardan has been producing cardan shafts in Naberezhnie Chelny since 2011, mainly for the Kamaz production.
RusAutoNews.Com – As reported by the press office of the company, GAZ Group has started the production of GAZelle Next cargo panel vans and combo vans in Turkey. The main components for the production of the vehicles will be supplied from Russia, alongside purchases from Turkish suppliers.
The first GAZelle Next panel vans and combo vans, assembled in the production site of GAZ in Turkey, will be launched to the Turkish market this Autumn.
The vehicles are equipped with the light, compact and economic 150 hp Cummins ISF 2.8 engines with 330 Nm torque.
More than 200 modifications can be manufactured on the basis of GAZelle Next automobiles: industrial goods vans and refrigerators, dump trucks and repair shops, ambulances, mobile stalls and food trucks.
Pavel Sereda, the director of the Light Commercial Vehicles and Passenger Cars Division of GAZ Group and the head of the subsidiary company of GAZ Group in Turkey, has made the following statement: “The launch of the production of GAZelle Next panel vans is the third stage in the development of our production site in Sakarya, following the start of the productions of GAZelle Business in 2012 and GAZelle Next in 2014. We will open our own subsidiary company in Turkey with the launch of new models, which will allow us to develop faster in the local market. We plan to develop a dealer network, expand the range of locally assembled vehicles and attract Turkish companies, which may manufacture special vehicles on the basis of our automobiles”.
According to Automotive Distributors’ Association ODD data, the Turkish new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCV) market has amounted to 82,297 units in July 2017, following a 40.6% year-on-year growth (up from 58,533 in 2016).
The report showed that a total of 483,455 automobiles and light commercial vehicles were sold in the first seven months of 2017, down from 497,350 sales in the same period of last year.
Renault was leader of the market In July with 11,640 vehicles sold. FIAT occupies the second place, reaching a sales figure of 10,752 units. The top-three is completed by Ford with 9,745 vehicles.
By the end of the first seven months of the year, the Turkish new passenger cars and LCV market has reached 483,455 units, indicating a 2,8% year-on-year decrease.
AA – The Turkish overall auto sales market, including light trucks, shrinks 8.6% in the first half of the year compared the same period in 2016, the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) said on Tuesday.
Total vehicle sales was 401,158 units in the first half of 2017, down from 438,817 in 2016, the group said in a statement.
The number of passenger cars sold reached 305,924 units during the January-June period, down by 10% compared to the same period last year.
OSD expects that at the end of 2017 Turkey’s overall vehicle market will be between 875,000 and 925,000 units.
Vehicle production has risen by 22.3% year-on-year in Turkey within the January-April period to 727,997 units, according to OSD – Automotive Manufacturers’ Association of Turkey.
Within the same period, passenger cars production has increased by %41 y/y to 506,747 vehicles.
Commercial vehicles production has decreased by 6% by the end of the first five months to 221,250 units, alongside the 6% increase in bus production to 3871 units.
According to Automotive Manufacturers’ Association of Turkey – OSD data, car exports increased by 54% y/y during January-May period of 2017, to 425 thousand vehicles. The monetary value of car exports within the aforementioned period amounted to $5.7 billion.
Total automotive industry exports increased by 32% y/y to $12.4 billion during the same period.