Turkey's Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işık stated on Tuesday that a businessman agreed to build a TL 5 million ($1.72 million) worth school in exchange for the first commercial version of Turkey's domestic electric vehicle.
Minister Işık said that there is serious interest for the prototype that was recently launched.
"Everywhere we go, we see reactions like 'I want to buy the first car, I will definitely buy it, we will purchase it as a group of friends, and I'll renew all the cars in our company fleet with it.' Let me share one anecdote, I sold the first car, one businessman told me to buy the first car, I said 'ok but it will cost you' and I sold the first car for TL 5 million. Our condition is if President Erdoğan does not instruct something else, he will donate a TL 5 million worth school to Gebze (district of northwestern Kocaeli province)," Işık said.
Noting that the domestic car will provide great advantage in terms of fuel consumption, Işık said that the charging costs of the car for one person living in Istanbul would be TL 2 or TL 2.5 a day and TL 40 to 60 a month. Işık added that if used in long distances, the car's power generator will use 2 liters of gasoline per kilometer, which stands at 5 liters per kilometer for fuel injection engines.
Işık underlined that they closely follow those who constructively criticize and express the project's deficiencies with good intentions.
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