Erdogan unveils Turkey’s first Homemade Electric car. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled prototypes of an electric car produced domestically, taking him closer to fulfilling a long-standing dream of building Turkey’s first “public” vehicle.
Erdogan unveiled the car’s SUV and sedan versions, now known as TOGG after a consortium of Turkish companies that will manufacture them in the north-western industrial heartland of Turkey at a ceremony in Gebze.
The president offered to put his name down for advance orders on a potential list. It is planned that the Turkish vehicles will hit the market in 2022.
“We’re experiencing a remarkable day, making a 60-year dream come true,” said Erdogan. “I know our people are waiting impatiently for the day they can own this car.” As part of his vision of making Turkey an economic powerhouse, the Turkish leader has long pushed industrialists to build a domestic car.
The car is assembled in collaboration with the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges by a group of five Turkish firms named the Automobile Initiative Group of Turkey or TOGG.
According to Turkish media reports, the car was designed by Italy’s design company Pininfarina, which produced models for Karma electric car manufacturer based in Ferrari and California.
Erdogan said the cars would be assembled in a factory to be constructed in the province of Bursa on former military ground. The plant is planned to hire 4,300 workers, scheduled to be completed in 2021.
TOGG executive chef Gurcan Karakas said that in 15 years, Turkey hopes to manufacture five different car types.
The TOGG is the second effort by Turkey to create a Turkish-made car. A group of Turkish engineers built prototypes of a car called Devrim, or Revolution in English, during the 1960s. The project was abandoned later on.
Many foreign brands are being manufactured in Turkey, including Ford and Toyota.
As part of his vision to make Turkey an economic center, the initiative was a long-standing ambition of President Tayyip Erdogan. He first announced plans to launch an electric car made in Turkey alone in November 2017. News report on Erdogan unveils Turkey’s first Homemade Electric car.