Electric Vehicle Sales Surge as Türkiye’s EV Drive Gains Pace

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in Türkiye have increased dramatically thanks to the introduction of the country’s inaugural domestic vehicle and the entry of new brands.

According to Automotive Distributors and Mobility Association (ODMD) data, 7,526 units of battery-powered vehicles were sold between January and May 2023, with overall vehicle sales in Turkey posting their greatest monthly and five-month figures ever. Sales of electric vehicles thus rose by a whopping 326.64% from a year ago, when some 1,764 EVs were sold.

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Sales in May alone jumped by 457.18% to 2,095 units, compared to just 376 units in the same month of 2022. On the other hand, gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles saw sales jump by nearly 60% year-over-year to 37,988 units, as per data. Battery-powered and hybrid vehicles boosted their market shares to 2.21% and 11.17%, up from 0.82% and 11.09% in the first five months of the year, respectively. As a result, gasoline-powered vehicles held a 68% share in the overall sales in the January-May period, down from 69.8% a year ago.

Erogan Togg 02

Overall, some 111,356 units of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles were sold in May, marking a 70.9% year-over-year increase. The figure also represents a 69.1% increase according to 10-year average May sales. Sales in the first five months of the year in Turkiye rose 60.5% year-over-year to 445,006 units, according to the ODMD.

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The ODMD data suggested some 306 Togg T10X were delivered in May. The fully electric C-segment SUV ranked just second to Opel Mokka EV and held 4.07% in market share in May. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said some 28,000 units would be produced this year. Besides the SUV, Togg will manufacture four other models – a sedan, C-hatchback, B-SUV, and B-MPV – by 2030. The sedan will follow the mass production of the SUV.

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Once Togg’s factory reaches its maximum volume of production, the factory’s present annual capacity of about 100,000 automobiles will increase to 175,000. The brand aims to manufacture 1 million vehicles across the five segments by 2030 and aims to export its EVs to other international markets.

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