Turkey's First National Car Joins Fleet of Security Forces as Deliveries to Citizens Begin

  • 08 May 2023

In a historic moment for Turkey, the country's first domestically developed automobile, the Togg T10X, has joined the fleet of security forces. The fully electric C-segment SUV was debuted by the General Directorate of Security (EGM) and added to the patrol fleet, escorting Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu during his program in Istanbul ahead of the critical presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for May 14.

The Togg T10X has already made its way into the fleets of Turkish ministries, replacing public inventories consisting primarily of traditional Western brands. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev became the first indigenous electric vehicle (EV) owners in early April when they received their Togg T10X cars.

The mass production of the Togg T10X began in October 2022, and the carmaker plans to deliver 20,000 vehicles this year, with 1,000 scheduled for May. The T10X will be initially sold with one engine type and two battery options, offering battery packs with 52.4 and 88.5 kilowatt-hours capacities and ranges of 314 and 523 kilometers (195 and 325 miles).

A consortium of five Turkish companies called the Automobile Initiative Group of Türkiye, or Togg, is manufacturing the vehicle in cooperation with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB). Besides the SUV, Togg will manufacture four other models, including a sedan, C-hatchback, B-SUV, and B-MPV, by 2030.

Erdoğan has long sought to fulfill his dream of building Turkey's first national automobile, part of his vision of turning Turkey into an economic powerhouse. He has said that some 28,000 units would be produced this year, and the brand aims to create 1 million vehicles across the five segments by 2030. Togg plans to begin exports as of 2025, while the initial production will be tailored for the domestic market.

The Togg T10X is not only a symbol of Turkey's ambitions to become a player in the global automotive industry but also a significant step towards achieving sustainable mobility in the country. The batteries of the Togg T10X can be recharged up to 80% from 20% in less than 28 minutes at fast-charging stations, making it a practical and eco-friendly option for the country's security forces and citizens alike.