Sileas trial reaches Cottbus

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The all-electric Bozankaya Sileas was on show at the UITP Expo in Milan last week, after which it the vehicle was due to begin a trial in the German city of Cottbus near the eastern border. The Sileas has already been trialled in other German cities over the past year.

The 10.7m bus can achieve a charge of up to 200km and is part of a German-Turkish partnership.

Assembled at the MAN plant in Ankara, Turkey from Turkish Commercial Vehicles (TCV) components, the bodies are then shipped to Salzgitter in Germany where the electrical driveline and Bozankaya SCL battery system are installed.

The roof-mounted high-voltage battery system consists of two units, in the event that one should fail. The buses are also equipped with air-conditioning.

Bozankaya had previously guaranteed the 200km per charge claim, with test vehicles usually achieving significantly more than this distance.

Germany is investing heavily into researching the viability of all-electric public transport in recent times and the Bozankaya is just one of a number of options being considered.