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Türkiye rolls out first electric car Togg as country celebrates Republic Day


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rolled out the country's first domestically-produced electric car C-SUV as the country celebrated the 99th anniversary of Republic Day on Saturday.

Attending the opening ceremony of the Togg Gemlik Campus in the northwestern province of Bursa, where the car will be mass-produced, Erdogan took a test drive.

"We are all witnessing the fulfillment of the 60-year-old dream," Erdogan said, adding "Togg is the name of the project that gives us all the pleasure of establishing this common dream for the strong future of our country."

Türkiye's first electric car Togg will hit the roads in the first quarter of 2023, he said, adding when Togg Gemlik Campus reaches full capacity, 175,000 vehicles will be produced annually and 4,300 people will be directly and 20,000 will be indirectly employed.

The president also said that the country has made a deal with one of the world's leading firms for the production of lithium-ion batteries for Togg in Türkiye.

"We will soon be laying the foundation of a battery factory which will be built on 609,000-square-meter (6.5-million-square-mile) land next to the Togg facility," he added.

Global companies have a great interest in Türkiye in terms of electric vehicle investments, Erdogan said, adding that with the support of the Industry and Technology Ministry, the country has been implementing a project that will install over 1,500 fast charging units in all 81 provinces of the country.

"We have issued electric vehicle charging station operating licenses to 54 companies. Togg, with its own brand Trugo, offers 1,000 fast chargers at more than 600 points in 81 provinces," he said.

The Turkish president said citizens will be able to pre-order Togg vehicles as of February 2023.

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