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Electric car sales more than doubled in Turkey

Electric car sales more than doubled in Turkey

Electric car sales more than doubled from January through October of this year compared with a year earlier, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported Sunday.

Namely, 314 electric cars have been sold in Turkey in the first 10 months of 2020, a 105% year-on-year increase, while 15,151 hybrid cars have been sold, indicating another increase of close to 74%.

Even though the trend is upward in electric car sales, the market share in the Turkish automotive industry remains low.

The agency cited information gathered from data published by Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD): Gasoline cars took the lead in 2020 in car sales with nearly 52% followed by diesel cars with 41% and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cars with 4%.

The sales of gasoline cars rose by 139% compared with 2019 while LPG cars sold 63% more in 2020. Sales of diesel cars also rose by 29%.

Sales of 1600cc cars also recorded a prominent increase with 72%.

The 1600cc cars took the lead in market share by a whopping 95% while 1600cc to 2000cc cars stood at 1.8% and cars over 2000cc stood at 0.2%.

Amid a steady increase in the number of electric and hybrid cars registered across Europe and other parts of the world, Turkey has also been enjoying a noteworthy rise due to increasing environmental awareness and models available in the market.

The number of electric or hybrid cars in the country tripled in 2019 compared with a year earlier and reached 15,053, up from 5,367.