(MENAFN) Türkiye’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) announced on Friday that it has granted a license to US-based electric car manufacturer, Tesla, to operate a charging network in the country. With this license, Tesla joins a total of 119 companies that provide charging stations and support for electric vehicle (EV) drivers in Türkiye. According to EMRA, the charging stations will be installed at various locations, including shopping centers, parking lots, and gas stations by licensed operators, allowing EV owners to receive charging services and travel more affordably as fuel prices continue to rise.
Currently, there are 3,728 commercial charging stations across Türkiye, including 3,082 slow (AC) and 646 fast (DC) charging stations. The licensing of Tesla is expected to increase the availability of charging facilities and encourage more individuals to transition to EVs. The country has seen a surge in new car registrations, with a 90% increase since 2021. According to EMRA data, there were 14,896 new electric vehicles registered in December 2022, up from 7,694 in December 2021.
The addition of Tesla as a licensed operator is expected to further bolster the EV charging infrastructure in the country, making it easier for drivers to travel across the country without worrying about their vehicle’s range. The move comes at a time when the government is pushing for more electric vehicles on the roads as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. With the increasing popularity of EVs, the availability of charging stations has become a crucial factor in encouraging more people to make the switch. Tesla’s entry into the market is expected to drive further growth in EV adoption in Türkiye, providing a boost to the country’s sustainable energy goals.
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