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Electric car sales doubled in 2020

The number of electric and hybrid vehicles in Turkey has multiplied by 16 in 5 years. However, electric cars in Turkey still do not total 1%.

Electric car sales in Turkey have doubled in the first 10 months of 2020 compared to last year, according to the most recent data from the Association of Automobile Distributors (ODD), although the share of electric vehicles remains very low compared to the Turkish car population.

According to ODD, a total of 314 electric vehicles and 15,151 hybrids were sold between January and October 2020, representing an increase of 105% and 74%, respectively. Even so, and despite the fact that the first car designed and manufactured in Turkey – which is expected to produce 175,000 units a year – will have electric technology, the percentage of electric vehicles in Turkey is under 1% of total.

Overall, gasoline cars continue to lead the Turkish market, accounting for around 42% of total sales in Turkey, followed by diesel vehicles (41%) and cars powered by LPG (liquefied gas), which already represent 4% of sales. Sales of gasoline cars actually increased in 2020 by 139% compared to 2019, while those of diesel grew 29% and those of LPG by 63%.

The number of electric or hybrid cars in Turkey tripled in 2019 to reach 15,053 units, compared to 5,367 in 2018. This is a significant increase if one takes into account that in 2011 this figure was only 47 vehicles in the entire country. In total, in the last 5 years the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in Turkey has multiplied by 16.