The unveiling of the first set of domestically produced electric vehicles in Turkey was a remarkable event as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unveiled two new prototypes by himself.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unveils the first set of indigenous electric cars in Turkey
The production versions of these two domestic electric vehicles are expected to commence by 2022. During the unveiling of these indigenous electric Sedan and SUV prototypes, President Erdoğan notably said;
“Today, we are witnessing a historic day of realising Turkey’s 60-year dream together.”
“We have been saying for years that Turkey needs to produce its own car, that we deserve better than being assemblers”
“Turkey has become a country which is not only a market for new technologies but also a country which develops, produces and exports them to the world.”
“They managed to hinder the production of Devrim (Turkey’s first homegrown car). But they will not be able to hinder (the production of) this automobile,”
“We do not have to buy a license or permission from anyone. We determine all the technical features by ourselves”
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Turkey presents both the sedan and SUV prototypes of its first indigenous electric cars
This domestically-made electric vehicle production project is fully backed by the Turkish government. It is expected to provide about 4,000 employment opportunities and cost about 22 billion Turkish liras (₦1.3 trillion or $3.7 billion).
Below is a video clip of President Erdoğan test-driving one of the newly unveiled prototype electric cars;
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Electric Car Test Drive
These beautiful electric vehicle prototypes were made by a Turkish Automobile joint venture group called “TOGG” and this group plans that in 15years to come, it should have made 5 different models of these type of electric cars. It currently has a planned factory located in Bursa that is expected to produce around 175,000 units of these newly unveiled Sedan and SUV models by 2022.
The government of Turkey has also promised to provide enough land for building the production facilities as well as grant tax exemptions to the company with an additional guarantee of purchasing 30,000 cars annually till 2035 Ending.
Can we compare this Turkish government support for a local car manufacturing company to the Nigerian government’s support for our own companies?