Turkey has just unveiled an all-electric mid-size crossover prototype and a concept sedan from TOGG, Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girişim Grubu, the country’s first home-grown automaker. The debut took place at a public event at IT Valley in Gebze, graced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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The Turkish leader has long pushed industrialists to build a domestic automobile as part of his vision for making Turkey an economic powerhouse. TOGG vehicles are expected to hit the market in 2022, with exports expected to commence 2 years after that. The president also offered to put his name down on a possible list for advance orders. Erdogan said:
“We are witnessing a historic day, realizing a 60-year dream. I know that our people are impatiently waiting for the day they can own this car.”
With an all-electric powertrain, TOGG promises an impressive straight-line speed and a low cost of ownership for its vehicles. That battery-electric motor combination was developed entirely by TOGG’s engineers, with its intellectual property rights wholly owned by Turkey. Erdoğan also drove the fully electric SUV model across the Osmangazi Bridge near Gebze Information Technologies (IT) Valley.