As Turkey discusses how it can encourage the use of hybrid and electric cars, a shopping center in Istanbul has become the first in the country sporting a battery charging facility for such vehicles. The Carousel mall in the district of Bakırköy became Turkey’s first shopping center to offer the services of the “Full Charger” electric vehicle charge station when it started offering the services on Nov. 8, according to a statement Monday. However, a debate over the amount of tax to be applied to electric vehicles may potentially hamper the marketing of these cars in Turkey. Media reports said last week the government planned to impose a special consumption tax of 37 percent on electric vehicles, but after public outrage officials refuted the report.
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a university of Adıyaman in Turkey made a minibus that works through solar panels. Its name: Commagene.
By night the bus can keep working thanks to the charged battery, and the autonomy is 150 kilometres, as the Fluence and the other 100 % electric cars of Renault!
It is also possible to charge the battery at home.
The limit speed is 55 KM per hour.
Since many countries – such as Cameroon (which wants to purchase a thousand of these minibuses) – have already decided to purchase it, that “solar” bus will be mass-produced very soon.
The university had to spend 105 000 euros, and the fruit of their labours is excellent given such a tiny budget (it took one year to do that great job).
(Here is the article in Turkish suggested by Euractiv Turkey http://www.euractiv.com.tr/enerji/article/turkiyenin-ilk-gunes-enerjisi-ile-alan-arac-seri-retime-hazrlanyor-013570).