Etox, Turkey’s first sports car, is set to have an electric version in the coming months according to the manufacturer’s interview with Anadolu Agency this week. Ercan Malkoc, owner of Erteks Auto Decoration, says the car has an economical advantage in addition to being an environmentally friendly version of the original, stating that the Etox’s battery can be charged for $10 dollars and drive for nearly 155 miles.
The original, non-electric version of the car was released in 2007, and boosts a top speed of 115 mph using a 4-cylinder system. The electric prototype’s specifications have yet to be released, and will probably stay that way until the car is completed over the next three months. Provided the Turkish government can lend necessary assistance, the auto-maker claims large-scale production of the electric Etox could start within one year of the prototype’s debut.
When released, the new Etox will be the first fully-Turish made electric vehicle. According to Malkoc, four firms in Turkey are currently developing engines for the model, with a national company also working on battery manufacturing. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan tested Turkey’s first electric car, the Fluence Z.E., in late 2010. However, that vehicle was produced by Oyak Renault, a company co-owned by the French automotive giant.
The electric Etox is reportedly planned to be sold for around $19,000 to $20,000. Currently, there are no plans to distribute the sports car in the United States. But as competitor Oyak Renault looks to export versions of its electric fleet to countries like France in 2011, there’s a decent chance consumers outside Turkey will have the chance to own an Etox in the coming years.