Turkey’s EV manufacturer Togg has taken a critical step toward series production. It released the first test cars straight off the lines in the Gemlik industrial center, southeast of Istanbul. CEO Gürcan Karakas told some German media more about the ambitious schedule.
“At the beginning of November, we will have perfected the processes and then freeze them in this form,” said the Togg CEO to the German newspaper Handelsblatt. “Then we will have our production line ready for series production.”
Togg expects to complete technical qualification and certification to European standards throughout the first quarter of 2023. That is when the markets will see the first Togg model, an electric SUV.
The presently existing test cars are still the production samples, not a pre-series production of the EVs. The latter will only start with the ‘freeze’ announced by Karakas once the manufacturing equipment is ready for series production.
Five models in the pipeline
Conditions for Karakas, the former Bosch manager appointed as Togg CEO, and his team have been anything but flourishing. Inflation in Turkey is turning around 80%, for example. However, Togg preserves the strong support of the Turkish government, which seems to have partially waived taxes for the company and interest on the government loan.
A realistic price tag for the first Togg product is not available right now, but this would also be wildly speculative due to the current currency fluctuations.