Turkey’s Automobile Initiative Group (TOGG) CEO M. Gürcan Karakaş stated that they predicted that the chip crisis will continue for another year and said, “We think that we will not be stuck in the chip crisis with the reservations we have made, in line with our plans.”
TOGG CEO M. Gürcan Karakaş spoke at the press conference held at the TOGG stand at TEKNOFEST with the participation of Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank.
Karakaş said, “Here, we exhibited our smart device, which we now call more than an automobile, where new generation technologies are applied, and at the same time, we presented it to the attention of our citizens by exhibiting battery technologies that make the innate electric smart device a truly technological product.”
“CAPACITIES OF CELL GENERATORS IN THE WORLD ARE RESERVED UNTIL 2030 AND AFTER”
Stating that companies that do not have battery technologies and power electronics in the world of the future, they cannot have technology, Karakaş said:
“We are at the point we planned. It is seen that our facility has been completed step by step so that it can be watched 24 hours a day on TOGG TV on live broadcast. In line with the plans, we are working to be ready for mass production by the end of 2022. We are aware of the responsibility. Excitement and energy give us a great energy day and night, even if we are sleepless. gives.
“A MORE IMPORTANT CRISIS WILL OCCUR THAN THE CHIP CRISIS”
Our first vehicle is an SUV in the C segment. There may be minor differences due to regulations, but these are not changes that will change the quality of the design. There is a chip crisis. We also know the causes of the chip crisis. We anticipate that this crisis will continue for another year.
In line with our plans, we think that we will not be caught in the chip crisis with the reservations we make. There will be a more important crisis than the chip crisis; battery crisis. No cells. While everyone around the world is rushing to produce more electric vehicles, the capacities of cell manufacturers around the world are reserved until 2030 and beyond. We will not be stuck with the battery cell crisis, as we will solve this problem by planning from the beginning.”
“GAME-CHANGING START-UPS ARE ON OUR RADAR”
Karakaş, who also made a statement at the Take Off International Entrepreneurship Summit organized within the scope of TEKNOFEST, stated that the automotive industry has rapidly transformed into a mobility ecosystem and that they, as TOGG, set out to be a part of this transformation.
Expressing that they are progressing step by step in line with the plans with the aim of creating a global brand whose intellectual and industrial property belongs to Turkey 100 percent and forming the core of the Turkish mobility ecosystem, Karakaş said, “We made a 15-year business plan that started in 2018 and will last until 2033. We support the framework of the plan with a competent team.
We define our Gemlik Facility, which is the center of our mobility ecosystem, as ‘More than a Factory’ with many features such as ‘Smart’, ‘Eco-Friendly’ and ‘Under the Same Roof’. On the one hand, our work here continues rapidly, on the other hand, we continue our activities on the engineering and development side without slowing down.”
“WE REVIEWED 220 START-UPS, WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER WITH 10 START-UPS”
Underlining that collaborations with other companies, especially start-ups, have a very important place in TOGG’s mobility ecosystem, Karakaş said:
“Today’s automobile world is concerned with creating the product concept, developing the vehicle, producing, selling and after. Our job starts where others’ work ends because we are transforming the automobile into a next-generation smart mobility device.
We need suppliers and business partners with new competencies for the transformation here. Because data-based business models are very important and great potential in this new world. It is predicted that 40-50 percent of the profitability pool will come from this world by 2035.
In our journey, if we can find it in all our development processes, preferably from Turkey, if we can’t find it, we find and cooperate with the best anywhere in the world, and we will continue to do so.
In particular, start-ups that produce solutions that will serve the connected technologies in the field we call ‘smart living’ and that take steps in areas that we call ‘disruptive’, which will change the rules of the game and break the game, are on our radar.
So far, we have examined 220 start-ups, 85 percent of which we think will contribute to our use-case mobility value chain, which represents our user-oriented, smart, empathetic, connected, autonomous, shared and electric mobility concepts, and interviewed 125 start-ups. , We made agreements with 24 start-ups and we work with 10 start-ups. We are transforming the mobility ecosystem in Turkey together with start-ups.”