BMW did not limit its electric drivetrains just for use in cars, but also expanded it to other aplications. One of the most recent  is an electric city minibus Jest, which is produced by Turkish manufacturer Karsan and runs on BMW i3 engine and high-voltage batteries.

Karsan Jest is equipped with electric motor, which generates a peak power of 125 kW and maximum torque of 250 Nm. The electrical energy is stored in two lithium-ion batteries with the capacity of 44 kWh, which means that Jest achieves a capacity of 88 kWh, which is enough for the range of about 210 kilometers. Jest will be used on scheduled service, which means, that it will be able to run up to 18 hours with interim stops for additional charging.

The compact size of batteries makes them also very suitable for the bus, which measures some six meters in length and still offers room for up to 26 passengers, four more than the ICE powered version.

Nov. 10, 2018 Driving photo: BMW

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