First domestic all-electric car prototype "\LOCAL T1\" travelled all around Turkey

Developed by Istanbul University scientists, this electric vehicle capable to travel 436km on single charge

11/12/14 4:00 am chumakdenis 1

A Turkish-made electric car capable of travelling 500 kilometers on only four hours’ charge went on display in the eastern city of Erzurum today as part of a nationwide tour.







Developed by teachers and students from Istanbul University, the ‘T-1’ was driven through the city’s main thoroughfare in front of curious onlookers.







This is a three-seater (2+1) that weighs just 500 kg. Top speed is 120 km/h. The battery pack stores some 30 kWh of energy, so this 500 km range seems optimistic to us. Charging takes ~ 4 hours.

Energy usage after 4,650 km was 307 kWh, which is less than 7 kWh/100 km (62 miles).

As this is a prototype with composite structure, the cost is very high – roughly $200,000.

Tuba Guven, a Master’s degree student at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Istanbul University, said that they produced a 100 percent domestic electric car when they participated in a competition run by Turkey’s scientific and technological center, TUBITAK.





She said: "Electric cars from 30 universities participated in the competition. We became the champions and started our Turkey tour."

Guven said that 25 people worked on the project; production lasted 18 months and cost 450,000 Turkish liras ($202,000).

The T-1 team has been working on electric cars since 2009. One of their earlier projects came eighth in a global electric car competition held in Australia.

Trip across Turkey

This T-1 electric car started its tour on September 15, going from Istanbul to Ankara using only one battery for the 436 kilometer trip.

T-1 route

Guven said that the cost of travelling the distance between Istanbul and Ankara cost seven Turkish liras ($3). She said: "We want to know whether the car is convenient for any road in Turkey. That is why we went to Samsun and Trabzon after Ankara. We will keep testing T-1 in every region of the country.”

Another team member, undergraduate student Serdar Zurnaci, said the T-1 crew drove the car in rainy conditions also with no problems.

Anyway,a picturre is worth a thousands words, so don't hesitate to check out videos below.

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