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Erdogan’s electric car Togg: Turkish Tesla gets batteries from Bitterfeld

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The Togg should be a big hit – and the Turkish e-car answer to Tesla. The company wants to play in the Champions League of e-cars with the planned vehicle, the Togg is President Erdogan’s prestige project. For this reason, five auto companies in Turkey, led by G├╝rcan Karkas, have teamed up to develop the project. Karkas had previously worked for the German automotive supplier Bosch for 27 years.

The big success is an increasingly international cooperation. On Tuesday it became known that the batteries for the Turkish e-car will be manufactured in Bitterfeld, Germany – by the Chinese manufacturer Farasis.

China company Farasis should not only build batteries, but also develop them

Farasis prevailed against more than 30 competitors from around the world, said Togg boss Karkas in a statement on Tuesday. In addition to the delivery of the battery cells, Farasis will also be involved in the development of the entire battery module.

Togg and Farasis agreed to set up a joint venture for this purpose. The two companies want to clarify the details by the end of the year, and the joint company is scheduled to take off in Turkey at the beginning of 2021.

Farasis will not only produce batteries for the Turkish car manufacturer in its plant in Saxony-Anhalt. Battery cells are also planned for the EQ series from Mercedes. For this purpose, Daimler joins Farasis specifically. The Chinese battery factory is expected to open in 2022 and create around 600 jobs.

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