In a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, two electric car prototypes by the Turkish Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) were officially revealed. The electric compact sedan and the electric SUV are to be introduced to the market in 2022.
The vehicles were designed by the renowned Italian design studio Pininfarina and will be domestically produced in Turkey. Two configurations with 200 HP or 400 HP will be available with axle-mounted electric motors providing the drive. Whether this applies to both vehicles or just the SUV was not clarified, however, it is not unthinkable that they share a platform.
Acceleration with the larger motor setup from 0 to 100 km/h is possible in 4.8 seconds with a range above 500 km. Charging the battery will take less than 30 minutes to an 80% charge. The smaller motor features a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle, taking 7.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h with a 300 km range.
“Today, we are witnessing a historic day of realizing Turkey’s 60-year dream together,” said president Erdoğan during the unveiling ceremony. He added that Turkey “is not only a market for new technologies but has also become a country that develops, produces and exports them all over the world.”
Interestingly, this marks the second time Turkey has presented an electric prototype, with the first taking place back in 1961. The Devrim unfortunately never made it past the prototype stage, however. These models will be significantly more modern than their predecessor, featuring Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, with designs to improve to Level 3 with over-the-air upgrades. Furthermore, the TOGG group will introduce a holographic assistant, which will provide a futuristic user experience, according to the manufacturer. The aim is to introduce 3D imaging and augmented reality technologies to display information for the driver. Ostensibly this would mean the driver would never have to take their eyes off the road to keep an eye on speed or their battery charge.
Production will take place at a new factory in the Gemlik district of the northwestern Bursa province starting in 2022. There TOGG aims to produce up to 175,000 vehicles across five model types by 2030.
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