A team from Istanbul University developed the first Turkish-made electric car with up to 500 km of range.

It's called T-1 and last month it traveled some 436 km from Istanbul to Ankara (see video story).

This is a three-seater (2+1) that weighs just 500 kg. Top speed is 120 km/h. The battery pack stores some 30 kWh of energy, so this 500 km range seems optimistic to us. Charging takes ~ 4 hours.

Energy usage after 4,650 km was 307 kWh, which is less than 7 kWh/100 km (62 miles).

As this is a prototype with composite structure, the cost is very high - roughly $200,000.

T-1 route

T-1 route

Daily Sabah

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