Turkey's efforts to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining momentum, with the country witnessing a significant increase in the number of charging points.
Mustafa Yılmaz, the head of Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK), announced that the total number of charging points in the country has exceeded 8,800 and is growing at an impressive pace.
The rise in charging points is primarily due to the launch of Turkey's first fully electric car, the Togg, which has been generating a lot of buzz since it started deliveries earlier this year. The Togg is a homegrown electric vehicle that is designed and manufactured entirely in Turkey. It boasts advanced features such as a range of up to 500km, fast-charging capability, and an innovative artificial intelligence system that makes driving safer and more comfortable.
Active promotion of EVs by the Turkish Government
The Turkish Government has been actively promoting the use of EVs as a means to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels and decrease carbon emissions. The increase in charging points across the country is a testament to these efforts.
With the Togg leading the charge, more and more people are turning to electric cars, making Turkey a leader in the transition towards sustainable transportation. The country aims to have 1 million EVs on its roads by 2030, and with the growth in charging infrastructure, this goal seems well within reach.
Total charging points reaches over 8,800
Yılmaz explained: “We have reached a total of 8,861 charging points. Our country has approximately one fast charging (DC) point for every 14 vehicles. Türkiye ranks first in terms of DC charging points per vehicle in Europe.”
Turkey's shift towards electric mobility has been gaining momentum, as the country sees a significant increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs). According to data from the Automotive Distributors and Mobility Association (ODMD), a total of 22,900 electric vehicles were sold between January and August, indicating a remarkable increase of over 597% compared to the same period in the previous year, when only 3,283 electric cars were sold.
Togg – the Turkish EV car manufacturer
Togg, the first domestic Turkish automaker, played a significant role in this surge in EV sales, reporting that it delivered 3,400 of its T10X electric vehicles by the end of August, with 1,965 of them delivered in the last month alone.
In addition to the rise in electric vehicle sales, Turkey has also made significant progress in building a robust charging infrastructure across the country. According to Yılmaz, there are currently 6,633 slow charging (AC) and 2,228 fast charging (DC) points across 4,221 charging stations nationwide. Furthermore, charging stations are now available in all 81 provinces, making it more feasible for EV owners to travel and recharge their vehicles across the country.
Increases in market share compared to previous year
The ODMD data from earlier this month has revealed that battery-powered and hybrid vehicles have shown a significant increase in market share in Turkey. According to the data, these vehicles have achieved a market share of 3.9% and 10.4% respectively between January and August, which is a considerable increase from just 0.9% and 10.3% in the same period last year.
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