Turkey's TOGG signs deal with China's Farasis for domestic car battery

Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG), which is building the country's first mass-produced domestic car, has signed an agreement with Chinese company Farasis for the use of its battery cells in the range of TOGG products,it said in a statementon Tuesday.

The consortium unveiled its first car modelat the end of last year, and aims to start production in 2022. It will use facilities in western Turkey, designed to build 175,000 units a year.

Battery cells will be provided by Farasis, and the battery modules and packs will be jointly developed and produced in Turkey, the TOGG statement said.

TOGG will also cooperate with the Chinese electric vehicle battery maker in the development of energy storage solutions for Turkey.

Farasis is among the world’s leading producers of Li-ion batteries, an advanced battery technology that uses lithium ions as a key component of its electrochemistry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan first announced Erdoğan the domestically produced car project in 2011, but it took six years before TOGG was established by a Turkish consortium that includes motor-vehicle maker Anadolu Group, BMC and Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile phone operator.

The first car to be produced will be a C-class SUV, according to information on the TOGG website.

The project came under fire last year, when details emerged that it had a striking resemblance to a car produced for the Vietnamese company VinFast by Pininfarina, the Italian company responsible for the design process for the Turkish car.