Domestically-owned bus manufacturer TCV is promoting the development of NGV applications and technology in Turkey, and Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality recently took delivery of its first 12-meter Karat buses equipped with a MAN 206 kW CNG engine and an Allison T310R 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.
“In regards to urban transportation, environmentally-friendly solutions like CNG buses show respect for human beings and the environment. Our Allison-equipped Karat CNG buses provide up to 50 percent fewer fuel emissions when compared to diesel alternatives and ensure excellent performance. That means that our bus offers both greener technology, as well as a more economical option for operators and passengers,” said İlker Yılmaz, TCV’s General Coordinator.
Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ delivers seamless, uninterrupted engine power to the drive wheels and smooth vehicle acceleration. Unlike manual or automated manual transmissions, it 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.
With substantially increased traffic, the city of Kayseri has been investing in projects that reduce dependence on cars, encourage public transportation and develop environmentally-friendly solutions. Its studies show that CNG buses are becoming the preferred public transportation option, fulfilling all requirements of a rapid, clean, economic, comfortable and safe transportation system.
Source: Allison Transmission