Turkish company Karsan, an independent, multi-branded vehicle manufacturer, has displayed a 42-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit bus at the UTIP Global Transport Summit in Montreal mid May – and says it wants to build the “Sunshine” model in the U.S. to meet federal “Buy America” funding requirements.
Karsan business development and projects director Levent Erdogan said his company is currently in discussions with a U.S.-based manufacturer. The vehicle has successfully completed Altoona testing and is currently completing FMVSS/CMVSS certification in preparation for sale before the end of 2017.
The vehicle is powered by the dedicated-natural gas 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport and utilises Type IV CNG fuel cylinders from Luxfer.
Founded in 1966, Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii ve Ticaret A.Ş. develops and manufactures a wide variety of products ranging from passenger cars to buses and minivans to heavy trucks.