Watch out, Tesla! Turkey is now saying that in a few years, it will come out with an electric car that’s better than anything ever developed. In fact, the upcoming electric vehicle is said to be safer and will feature an engine that can extend a car’s mileage range.
Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Işık has made it very clear. The target of their current electric car project is Tesla. The goal is to build one that’s better than the Model S and, perhaps, even the Model 3. In fact, Turkey is aligning partners and contractors to make its vision come to life as soon as possible.
Currently, the country is working with the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) in order to develop the ambitious electric car. Among its planned features is a charging station in the car itself, which would be made possible by a “developed engine which extends the car’s range.” At the same time, Işık boasted, “Our vehicles will be safer than Tesla’s due to the structure of our software.”
As far as technologies go, Işık revealed that the country will be developing the cars in Turkey as well. “We have already built cooperation with Bosch in the framework of our car project,” he said.
At the same time, they are looking to produce the range extender conventional engine by the end of 2018, “The two-cylindrical gasoline-powered engine with a 1 liter capacity, which will also serve as a generator, will work with high productivity at around 35 percent,” remarked Işık.
Meanwhile, Işık also said they are willing to work with other companies on the project. In fact, among those interested is Fiat.
On the other hand, TÜBİTAK has been working on a local vehicle based on the Saab 9-3. At the same time, the organization has been busy getting ready for the annual “Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle” competition that will take place in Turkey during the first week of August.
Meanwhile, it also didn’t go unnoticed to Işık that Tesla’s Model 3 managed to secure more than 400,000 in reservations within the week it was unveiled to the market. For him, this means the future is bright for the electric vehicle industry, and in fact, he told Hurriyet Daily News, “The Tesla example accelerated our process as well.”