Erteks Auto Decoration company, maker of Turkey’s first sports car, now plans to go electric, with plans to build an electric car called Etox in the near future.
But don’t expect this car to break any speed records. Speaking to Andolu Agency, Ercan Malkoc, the owner of Erteks Auto Decoration company, said the new version of this electric car will have a modest top speed of 120 kmp/hr. However, charge it once and it will give a range of 250 km!
The first prototype will be built within the next three months and the final product could be priced between 30,000 and 35,000 lira ($19,020 – $22,140 approximately). Ercan said the car’s running costs will be 90% less than those driven on fuels.
Etox Zafer, the company’s first production car, made its debut in August 2007. The 4-cylinder car has a maximum speed of 185 km/hr and can accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in 13 seconds. The super car was developed by a single designer, two mechanical engineers, an aircraft engineer and 20 technical engineers.
The Zafer successfully passed 33 different tests conducted by the Istanbul Technical University Department of Automotive and Automotive technologies Research & Development Centre. The Turkish Minstry of Industry & Trade even awarded the car the ERT40 automobile licence in 2007.
Etox, like many budding automakers today, is going the ‘green way’ to strengthen its future product lineup and also to get sops from the government before it can commit to production of electric cars. Both the battery as well as the engine used in the electric car will be manufactured by Turkish companies. If Etox can get a nod from the government and gain some money, the production of the new electric car may become feasible next year.
Etox is co-owned by Renault, the French car manufacturer and Turkish Armed Forces Pension Fund, Oyak. Oyak-Renault introduced the Fluence Z.E. concept car at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. The electric version of Fluence would likely be exported to European countries, including France, Portugal and Denmark this year.
Oyak-Renault has manufactured 15 different models, most of them mid-size compact cars. Renault has established itself as a car manufacturer in Turkey for almost 40 years.
Source: Anadolu Agency