Tesla has received permission to launch its extensive Supercharger Network in Turkey. The company has already started development in the country in 2022 and is expected to officially enter the market this year.
The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) has granted Tesla a license to operate its charging grid in Turkey, according to an EMRA statement released on Friday. This gave the company the right to install charging stations and operate them. Thus, Turkish owners of Tesla cars will soon have access to Superchargers in the country. Tesla is currently one of 119 companies that are authorized to operate charging stations.
“With charging stations to be installed at several locations, including parking lots, shopping centers, and gas stations by licensed operators, electric vehicle owners will be able to receive charging services and will be able to travel more affordably in the face of rising fuel prices,” EMRA said in a statement.
The agency said there are 3,728 commercial charging stations in Turkey, including 3,082 slow (AC) and 646 fast (DC) charging stations. According to EMRA, 14,896 new electric vehicles were registered in December 2022, up from 7,694 in December 2021.
At the end of 2022, it became known that Tesla began recruiting for several positions in Turkey, most of them in the service sector and one in the sales sector, which indicated the opening of a store and a service center there. All open vacancies were in Istanbul, in the Besiktas region. At the moment, all positions except Automotive Mechanics/Technicians have already been filled.
Tesla stepped up in Turkey in early 2022 when it appointed Kemal Geçer, who has headed the Lufthansa Airlines Turkey office since 2015, as head of Tesla Motors Turkey and boosted the company's capital in the country by TL 50 million ($2.68 million). This was the first serious hint of further development in Turkey, and local customers even awaited the official start of sales of the company's entire line of vehicles in 2022. However, Tesla did not enter the car market last year. Now there are signs that it will happen this year.
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