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Turkey puts focus on developing long-range domestic electric car

As reported by Anadolu Agency, the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Isik has said that extended-range electric cars would be the priority, although the ministry is considering R&D for two different engine types.

"There will be an internal combustion engine, on the one hand, and there will be fully electric version as well. But, in both our marketing and R&D, the extended-range electric cars will be our focus,” Isik said.

According to reports, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) will conduct the research and development studies for vehicle with the engineering and design work to be carried out by private sector companies in cooperation with TÜBİTAK.

Testing of the first prototypes is said to be scheduled to start from August, and the plan is to start mass production before 2020.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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