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Turkey unveils first fully homemade car in $3.7 billion bet on electric

Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car last week, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13 years. Click here to read the full story.

The project has been a long-time goal of President Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party as a demonstration of the country’s growing economic power. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Erdogan said Turkey aimed not only to sell the car domestically but also wanted it to become a global brand, starting with Europe.

“We’re all together witnessing Turkey’s 60-year-old dream become reality,” he said,“When we see this car on roads around the whole world, we will have reached our goal.”

Following his speech, a red SUV model of the car and another grey sedan one were raised onto the stage, sporting the TOGG label of the consortium that is building them.

Erdogan said the charging infrastructure for electric cars would be ready nationwide by 2022.

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Pictured: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan poses with a prototype of the domestic electric car project in Gebze, Turkey, December 27, 2019. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS