Electric Vehicle Market Growing in Turkey, President of TEHAD Predicts Rapid Expansion
Berkan Bayram, the President of the Turkish Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association (TEHAD), has stated that the electric vehicle market in Turkey began in 2011 with only about 200 units sold between 2011 and 2015. However, the market started to grow significantly, especially after the announcement of the domestic car Togg in 2018. Today, there are about 30 different brands and models of electric vehicles sold in Turkey. In 2020, 8,210 electric vehicles were sold, and the sales share of electric vehicles approached 1 percent for the first time. Bayram predicts that this year the number of sold electric vehicles in Turkey will reach about 30 thousand.
Bayram believes that the share of electric vehicles in total vehicle sales will increase to 4 percent by the end of this year, and the market share of the Togg can reach 20 percent. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that purchasing power plays a significant role in the decision to choose electric vehicles. In Turkey, per capita national income is around 8,500 euros, while an electric vehicle’s cost starts from around 25-30 thousand euros.
The situation is expected to change in the coming years, with Turkey’s net-zero target in 2053, and electrification is necessary to reduce emissions in the transportation sector. Bayram predicts that electric vehicles will reach a market share of 10 percent in Turkey by 2025. By 2030, 1 million electric cars will be sold annually, and 6 to 7 out of 10 cars will be electric.