The first Turkish electric car was revealed in the presence of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan , The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly, Mustafa Şentop, and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank. The ceremony in Gebze, in Turkey’s northwestern industrial heartland, was also attended by some of the most important public figures in the country.
2 cars were revealed in the event, the first is a fully electric SUV and the second is a fully electric sedan. Known for now as TOGG, as an abbreviation of the phrase Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group, both cars were designed by the world-famous Italian studio Pininfarina.
It is planned to offer the first Turkish electric cars for sale in 2022, as the process to develop and implant the necessary infrastructure will take time. The cars will be sold in the local market in Turkey before they become available for the European market and the Middle East.
Mechanical Specifications :
The less powerful version will be powered by a single electric motor generating 200hp going to the rear axle, propelling the car from Zero to 100 km/h in 7.6s. This version can cover a distance of 300km (186 miles) with a full battery.
The more powerful version of the first Turkish electric car will get a bigger battery to power 2 electric motors. Both engines can generate 400 hp and the car will be an all-wheel-drive that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8s . while offering a range of more than 500 km (310 miles) the battery, can be re-charged to 80% in under 30 minutes.
The new project will receive state support such as tax breaks, and the government said it will buy 30,000 of these cars in the next 15 years. A production facility will be established in the automotive hub of Bursa in northwest Turkey as a result of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decision.