Is it practical to use electric cars in Turkey?

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The regulation determining the procedures and principles regarding the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the provision of services in Turkey was published in the Official Gazette in April, and the technical specification was published in the Official Gazette last week. Electric vehicle sales are increasing in Turkey. However, it is discussed how practical the use of these tools is and whether the infrastructure is sufficient.

Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) Chairman Mustafa Yılmaz announced that the first charging network operator licenses in Turkey were granted at the end of May.

Yılmaz said that according to the end of 2021 data, there are approximately 6,500 electric vehicles and approximately 3,500 charging units. He added that by 2030, the number of electric vehicles will reach over 1 million, and that at least 100 thousand charging units will be needed.

In a statement on his Twitter account at the end of March, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “We are taking new steps by taking into account the developments in the production and use of electric cars, especially our domestic car Togg. We provide support,” he said.