Turks love the electric Porsche Taycan: and have to pay nasty prices

of Tobias Stahl am 18.07.2021

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In the past year, electric cars have grown rapidly in popularity in Turkey. No other Stromer was sold as often as the Porsche Taycan. However, a tax reform could now slow down this development again. In the video you can see a detailed test of the Taycan.

In Turkey, 1,580 electric cars were sold in 2020. What doesn’t sound like much compared to German sales figures, is a sharp increase compared to the previous year: in 2020 there were seven times more electric cars than were sold in Turkey in 2019 and two and a half times more than in 2019 in total of electric cars on Turkish roads were on the way.

Among the e-cars sold in 2020, one thing stands out in particular: the Zuffenhausen e-sports car Porsche Taycan was sold 805 times – every second electric car sold in Turkey was a Porsche, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

Particularly curious: The Taycan is also the most expensive electric car that is ever sold in Turkey. While the Turkish President Erdogan has high hopes for the TOGG, an electric car developed and built in Turkey that is due to come onto the market from the end of 2022, the Turks have apparently been relying on cars from the renowned brand from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen for so long.

Thanks to high special taxes, cars in Turkey often cost around double the manufacturer’s price – but this was not the case with e-cars until the beginning of this year. Here the tax surcharge was only 15 percent last year, which was particularly noticeable in the case of more expensive electric sports cars and which wealthier drivers also liked to take advantage of. When the tax authorities noticed, they turned the tax screw, Albert Saydam, president of the Turkish auto supplier association TAYSAD, told FAZ.

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Since February 2021, the tax on e-cars has been 60 instead of 15 percent, the basic version of the Taycan now costs 246,000 instead of 164,000 euros. The Turks now have to dig much deeper into their pockets for the cheaper VW ID.3: while the ID.3 cost 51,300 euros there last year, it is now 72,000 euros.

It remains to be seen whether the electric boom in Turkey will continue this year. One thing is certain: Foreign manufacturers will have a much more difficult time – the government has already promised tax rebates to companies that build electric cars in Turkey, above all TOGG, of course.

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