Turkey is the latest country to join Tesla‘s global Supercharger expansion. The EV manufacturer has begun work on its first Supercharger station in the Bolu province of the northwest.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, the location has received the necessary supplies, and the chargers will soon be operational. According to Tesla’s announced intentions, the company will install Superchargers in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Aydin, Bahkesir, Bursa, Edirne, Antalya, and Konya.
As Tesla plans to formally enter the Turkish market this year, these chargers will pave the way. All of its current models will be sold there.
The Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association (TEHAD) estimates that Turkey’s EV sales could soon surpass 4,500 units. According to the association, 2,413 EVs were registered in Turkey in the first half of 2022, an increase of 170 percent from the previous year. EV sales reached 499 units in June of last year, although they made up less than 1% of all auto sales.
However, due to new legislation approved by the government, there are plans to implement a new value-added tax, which may cause EV costs to drop dramatically in the near future. 10% VAT will be applied to EVs, including those from the regional brand TOGG.
Turkey has about 3,500 EV charging stations. It is expected to have 30,000 EVs by the middle of the decade and 160,000 by 2030.