Turkey unveils first indigenous electric car prototypes

Turkey unveils first indigenous electric car prototypes
# 27 December 2019 18:59 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey unveiled its first domestically designed automobile prototypes on Friday, a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a sedan, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

The fully electric SUV is expected to have two engine configurations: 200 horsepower or 400 horsepower, CEO of Turkey's Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) Gürcan Karakaş announced during a presentation in Kocaeli. The version with the higher running capacity will go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.8 seconds. The vehicle will have a range of up to 500 kilometers and a locally produced Lithium-ion battery chargeable to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the automobile in the industrial province of Kocaeli, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: "Today, we are witnessing a historic day of realizing Turkey's 60-year dream together."

"We do not have to buy a license or permission from anyone, we determine all the technical features by ourselves," he added, highlighting the role of 100 Turkish engineers working on this project.

Erdoğan stressed Turkey will deter all efforts to hinder the production of its own car.

"They managed to hinder the production of Devrim (Turkey's first homegrown car) but they will not be able to hinder this automobile," he said.

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