The first Turkish electric car is getting closer to the series. The Turkish Automobile Initiative Group (Turkiye’nin Otomobili Girisim Grubu, or TOGG) boasted on Twitter photos of the production process of the first commercial electric crossover body, which was assembled in a special economic zone in Gebze near Istanbul. As noted by the creators in social networks, exclusively domestic parts were used in the manufacture of the body.
TOGG was launched in 2018, and in December 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented prototypes of pilot models – a crossover and a sedan, and the first was predicted to compete with Tesla Model X. In total, the TOGG lineup will have five models by 2030 : C-class sedan and crossover, hatchback, compact van and small B-segment crossover.
The first to debut a larger SUV. It will receive a wheelbase of 2.8 meters in length and two versions: with a 200-horsepower electric motor located on the rear axle, and with two engines (one on each axle), giving out a total of 400 forces. The “younger” version will be able to accelerate from zero to the first “hundred” in 7.6 seconds, and the more powerful – in 4.8 seconds, which is comparable to the Model X.
The power reserve will depend on the selected battery. The capacities have not yet been disclosed, but it is already known that the TOGG crossover will be able to travel from 300 to 500 kilometers on a single charge. It will be possible to charge the battery up to 80 percent in half an hour. In addition, the Turkish novelty is promised a third-level autopilot and miniature cameras instead of rear-view mirrors, which display images on small screens in the cabin.
The construction of the TOGG plant in Gemlik began on July 18 last year, and the company plans to complete the construction by 2022. The plant with a total area of 1.2 million square meters will be able to produce up to 175 thousand cars annually. In 2022, the serial assembly of the as yet unnamed crossover will begin, which they promise to bring to Europe in the same year. The first export market for the model will be Germany, and later it may appear in Ukraine.