Turkey to Develop Its Own EV
The Turkish government has formed a consortium of five domestic companies to launch the country’s first national car, an electric sedan based on the Saab 9-3, in 2021.
Turkey has licensed the 9-3’s technology from Chinese-owned National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB. NEVS, which acquired the assets and intellectual property of bankrupt Saab in 2012, unveiled its own production-ready 9-3 electric sedan and 9-3X electric crossover vehicle in June.
Turkey’s version of the car is likely to include an onboard, piston-powered generator to extend the vehicle’s driving range, according to Autoweek. The enthusiast magazine says NEVS will help set up a distribution network for the car, which will not use the Saab name.
The car project will be headed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. The five participating Turkish companies are Anadolu Group, BMC, Kiraca Holding, Turkcell and Zorlu Holding.
The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.