TURKEY: Domestically-owned bus manufacturer, TCV, is promoting the development of CNG applications and technology in Turkey and Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality recently took delivery of its first 12m Karat CNG buses equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions.
Kayseri is located in the heart of Anatolia, one of fastest-growing cities in Turkey, and now the seventh largest by population. With substantially increased traffic, the city has been investing in projects to reduce dependence on cars, encourage public transport and develop environmentallyfriendly solutions. Kayseri studies show CNG buses are becoming the preferred public transport option, fulfilling all requirements of a rapid, environmentally-friendly, economic, comfortable and safe transportation system.
According to ?lker Y?lmaz, TCV’s General Co-ordinator, Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality is a pioneer, understanding the key to public transportation is a focus on people. “For urban public transport, environmentallyfriendly options like CNG buses show respect for human beings and the environment. Our Allisonequipped Karat CNGs provide up to 50% lower emissions when compared to diesel alternatives and ensure excellent performance. It means our Karat bus offers both greener technology as well as a more economical option for operators and passengers.”
The 12m Karat power-pack consists of an MAN 206 kW CNG engine and an Allison T310R fully automatic transmission. Allison’s Continuous Power Technology delivers seamless, uninterrupted engine power to the drive wheels and smooth vehicle acceleration. Unlike manual or automated manual transmissions, Allison uses a torque converter in place of a dry clutch. Ensuring engine torque multiplication at vehicle launch and reducing driveline shock, this advanced technology offers a great advantage in frequent stop and go applications, such as urban bus routes.