Turkey Readies Its Own Electric Car Similar To Chevrolet Volt For 2019 Launch

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Turkey's Electric Concept Cars

Turkey’s Electric Concept Cars (which look a lot like mini-Cadillacs from the front)

2016 Chevrolet Volt 1.5-Liter Engine/Range Extender

2016 Chevrolet Volt 1.5-Liter Engine/Range Extender

It was some three years ago when research analyst firm Frost & Sullivan predicted that in 2020, 44,654 EVs would be sold in Turkey, up from the 190 sold in all of 2012.

In order to reach that mark, Turkey will need readily available electric cars, most of which will come from established automakers, but Turkey is now looking at launching its own domestically developed and built plug-in car by 2019.

In addition to the car, Turkey will ready its charging infrastructure for the influx of plug-ins expected.

As Daily Sabah states:

“Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Işık said Turkey will have a domestic automobile by 2019, adding that works on the project are ambitiously continuing. Stressing that Turkey will launch its electric car with its own national operating system and extended range in 2019, Işık said Turkey will be assertive in developing new technologies.”

Quoting Işık, who seems the Turkish electric car as being sold outside of just its home country:

“I hope we will put a Turkish brand on the world’s roads.”

Tentative specs for the Turkish electric car include a 15 kWh battery pack with range of around 62 miles per charge, but the car being developed is like the Chevrolet Volt in that it has an on-board range extending engine/generator.

There are no additional details available on the Turkish plug-in car at this time.

Source: Daily Sabah

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11 responses to "Turkey Readies Its Own Electric Car Similar To Chevrolet Volt For 2019 Launch"

  1. Brandon says:

    Hmm… so the beginning of the PHEVLERs showing up?

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Do not mention that absurd abbreviation again.

      The car is one of two things:
      1) EREV – range or self-maintenance are the only reasons that the engine will run
      2) PHEV – the all-electric capability is limited in some way

  2. Rob Stark says:

    I read the Turkish quasi-government automaker purchased the right to GM/Saab’s old 900 architecture from NEVS and would put Cadillac like body panels on it.

    This was much cheaper than developing their own platform from scratch.

    This might do well in the Middle East and Africa. Don’t see it doing well outside that region.

  3. Assaf says:

    Wasn’t the Renault Fluence ZE built in Turkey? I wonder why they didn’t do like the Koreans, and start producing a non-swappable version for local consumption.
    That would give them quite a head start over going back to a concept model.

    1. wavelet says:

      Yes, the Better-Place version of the Fluence ZE was produced in Turkey, and fully complied with all EU safety standards.

      However, the drivetrain is outdated by EV standards (range would be the primary issue in a fairly rural country like Turkey, which aside from the Istanbul area isn’t dense by European standards), and the car is pretty inefficient, being a conversion.

      I suspect Renault isn’t too interested in further developing the car, and also, the Turks want something they own the rights to and can export, which Renault would never agree to. The Renault-Samsung Fluence EV is for Korea only AFAIK.
      I expect that instead of the Fluence, Nissan will import the smaller, cheaper EVs they’re working on for the Chinese market. They’re more suited to SK conditions.

  4. Tman says:

    That does look a lot like the now defunct euro only Cadillac BLS based on the similar generation Opel vectra. A very bad badge engineering job by GM. Maybe this Turkish program is using some old tooling from GM Europe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cadillac_BLS_front.JPG

  5. Kdawg says:

    I remember gas prices in Turkey being ridiculous while there a couple years ago, so it makes a lot of sense to own an EV.

  6. Speculawyer says:

    I’m not very refined in aesthetics but I think they might want to work on that paint job.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      Pre production models with camouflage graphics meant to fool spy photographers.

      I guess they didn’t think pictures from up close would get leaked.

  7. Steve says:

    Well covered on saabsunited.com. I wish my Volt came in a BLS or 9-3 wagon body.

    http://www.saabsunited.com/2015/10/more-on-the-turkish-delight.html

    1. wavelet says:

      If this depends on NEVS, as the story you linked says, Turkey might be disappointed…