The factory will produce 500 tons per year of lithium for batteries, which will be used in the 1st electric car designed in Turkey.
The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources announced on Monday the upcoming inauguration of the country’s first factory for the production of lithium, a fundamental component for the manufacture of batteries for all types of devices but especially for electric cars.
“For the first time we are going to start lithium production in Turkey at the plant whose construction began this year,” Minister Fatih Dönmez told reporters during a visit to a technology centre. Dönmez highlighted the importance of this plant given that Turkey needs to import around 1,200 tonnes of lithium every year.
The plant will be located in Eskişehir province, northwest of Turkey; Initially, the factory – which is scheduled to start production at the end of this year – will produce only 10 tons of lithium per year, but the forecast is for it to increase to 500 tons per year in 2-3 years.
Batteries for the first Turkish electric car
The minister also pointed out that the lithium produced in this plant will be used for the manufacture of batteries for telephones, tablets and electric cars, especially for the batteries of the first electric car designed in Turkey, whose serial production is scheduled to start in 2022 .
The factory where this Turkish electric car will be mass-produced began construction last July on the outskirts of Gemlik, in Bursa province, and once completed in 2022 it will have a production capacity of 175,000 vehicles per year.
Precisely at the beginning of October, Turkey also launched the construction of its first lithium-ion battery production plant, located in the province of Kayseri and which is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Last August the Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, stated that Turkey wants to become an important global center for production of lithium batteries for electric cars.
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