The number of fully electric vehicles on Turkish streets increased during the past year, compared to 2019, despite the pressures imposed by the Corona pandemic on the abundance of liquidity among citizens and residents.
And the Association of Automobile Distributors (ODD) indicated – last November – that there has been a steady increase in the demand for electric or hybrid vehicles within the local markets, since 2017.
The head of the Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Federation, Burgan Bayram, said that the use of electric cars witnessed a remarkable increase, during the year of “Corona”.
Bayram pointed out that the Corona outbreak has led to a serious process of change in many countries, including Turkey, in which the pace of adopting the generation of non-fuel cars has increased.
The number of fully electric-powered cars has increased to 2,500 vehicles by the end of 2020, but the acceleration of demand during the current year and the coming years opens the door to a major step towards a market where emissions are declining.
Despite the difficulties in the fields of production and supply chain in the auto industry during the epidemic stage, Turkey witnessed during 2020 a remarkable increase in annual sales figures for electric cars compared to the previous year, according to Perm.
The President of the Electric Vehicle Federation stated that 2020 was a year in which all standards for the electric vehicle sector were redefined, and the importance of protecting the environment from pollution was reaffirmed.
An indication of the acceleration of domestic demand for fully electric cars, and a greater proportion of hybrid cars, is the increase in the number of car charging stations, as there are 3,000 charging stations across the country.
In this context, Turkey witnessed an increase in sales of hybrid cars (powered by electricity and gasoline) and the number exceeded 22,272 cars by the end of last year.
Bayram returned to explain that his country has witnessed, during the past years, satisfactory developments in the field of electric energy use activities in the transport sector, and the spread of new and advanced technologies and information technology.
Last year, the stage of the Coronavirus outbreak turned into a stage for serious change in many countries, bringing to mind the importance of preserving the cleanliness of the environment, and paving the way for an acceleration of the transition to the use of electric cars.
Bayram said that the stage of the outbreak of the epidemic led to an increase in the health and environmental awareness of individuals, in conjunction with the increase in the use of environmentally friendly vehicles, and the adoption of laws by governments to reduce carbon emissions.
Consumers are looking to switch to an electric car, and consider this the most important step in reducing carbon emissions.
In a previous report, the Auto Distributors Association said that the number of electric or hybrid vehicles had tripled during 2019 compared to the previous year.
The number of registered electric and hybrid cars was only 47 in 2011, and it increased by 385.1% in 2012 to 228, and by 91.2% to 436 in 2013.
The number reached 525 new electric or hybrid cars sold in the local market in 2014, and 889 in 2015, to reach 5367 in 2018.
Perm reaffirmed that 2020 was one of the most important years in which serious steps were taken towards supporting the rapid transition to the use of electric cars, and to focus efforts towards producing local cars that operate completely using electricity.
Over the past year, Turkey has witnessed a diversification in the field of manufacturing and producing electric and hybrid cars, and the brands that work in the field of cars, buses and light commercial vehicles powered by hybrid engines have diversified.
Bayram pointed out that there are companies working in the field of producing transportation vehicles with hybrid engines, most notably “Temsa, Karsan, Ford, Toyota” which, over the past year, began to show important activity in the Turkish market.
Turkey has given priority to the trend of adopting the manufacture and consumption of electric or hybrid cars, and is looking to increase its sales to manage the energy import bill, and most importantly, the use of low-consumption and environmentally friendly vehicles.
The president of the Hybrid Vehicles Federation says that 2021 will be an important stage in supporting technologies that will contribute to reducing carbon emissions, and providing incentives for entrepreneurs and investors working in the field of clean energy.
Earlier in 2020, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmes said he expected more than 1 million electric cars to be on the roads by 2030.