On Thursday was presented the Günsel , a vehicle with 100% electric technology and an autonomy of 350 km that will begin to be manufactured in 2021, designed by more than 100 Turkish Cypriot engineers.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC, for its acronym in Turkish) unveiled on Thursday in a ceremony held in the city of Girne (Kyrenia) the prototypes of its first two self-made electric cars, after years of work of a group of over a hundred engineers from the University of the Middle East.
The project to develop the first vehicle designed and manufactured in the Turkish Cypriot Republic, which has been baptized as Günsel, was launched in 2016 and finally concluded with the presentation on February 20th of the first two prototypes, the B9 -100% electric and with an autonomy of 350 kilometers– and the J9, designed as an SUV model.
During the ceremony, Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar stressed that this achievement is a milestone in the history of the KKTC and congratulated all those involved in the development of what is the first automobile project that uses 100% national design and technology. “We are the descendants of a successful people who embrace and glorify our country,” said Tatar.
For his part, the Turkish ambassador to Lefkoşa (Nicosia) Ali Murat Başçeri, another of those present at the event, also wanted to congratulate all those who had participated in the project, stressing that it will serve to boost R&D in the Turkish Republic from Northern Cyprus and as a stimulus for the creation of new companies. In this regard, Başçeri said that the future of the KKTC involves the research and development of new technologies.
The first car designed in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus incorporates the latest technology in electric propulsion and energy efficiency, including regenerative braking, and has a 120 kW motor that allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 in 8 seconds. For now, no further details about the SUV version (J9) are known. Its mass production is scheduled to begin in 2021.
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