E-Garaj co-founder Ahmet Faruk Usta stated that as of now, electric car sales in Turkey have a share of 1 percent in total sales and said, “We see that electric vehicle sales in Europe have started to take a significant share in total sales in the last 5 years. For example, in Norway, this rate has reached 70 percent. In our country, we have witnessed an increase in this trend in recent years. The electric car market in Turkey grew by 600 percent last year compared to the previous year. About 1,200 electric cars were sold in the first 6 months of 2021.
Cities showing interest in electricity
Stating that the interest in electric vehicles in Turkey is concentrated in Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Gaziantep and Antalya, the master continued as follows:
“The most demand and interest comes from the age group of 35 and under. As E-Garaj, we provide service services along with the sale of electric models of all brands. Until the end of this year, showrooms, service centers and services for new E-Garages in Izmir, Ankara and Antalya “We have plans for charging stations. Our aim is to spread all over Turkey as a distributor. We think that the E-Garage concept will spread all over the world.”
Referring to the battery technology, which is the most curious subject in electric cars, Usta said, “The main subject of the battery technology is the charging time. Studies show that for a while, electric cars will cover distance in a standard range. There are 7,500 charging stations in our country. There are only 5 fast charging stations between Ankara and Istanbul.” said.
Costs down to 1 in 4
Kutay Yamacı, one of the sector representatives, noted that they observed an intense preference trend towards electric cars in the fleet vehicle demands of corporate companies in terms of operating costs, and said, “Electric fleet vehicle preference is among the reasons why it is economical. Fuel consumption of electric vehicles is much lower than fossil vehicles. At the same time, maintenance costs are less than half. In taxes, there is again a ratio of 1 in 4 in favor of electric vehicles compared to fossil fuel vehicles. Another issue among the reasons for preference is the environmental sensitivity of corporate companies to reduce their carbon footprint.”