TURKEY - First Homemade Electric Car Unveiled

Arno Froese

Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13 years.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Erdogan said Turkey aimed not only to sell the car domestically but also wanted it to become a global brand, starting with Europe.

Following his speech, a red SUV model of the car and another grey sedan one were raised onto the stage, sporting the TOGG label of the consortium that is building them.

Erdogan said the charging infrastructure for electric cars would be ready nationwide by 2022.

Turkey is already a big exporter to Europe of cars made domestically by firms such as Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Toyota and Hyundai.

The new project, launched in October, will receive state support such as tax breaks, and establish a production facility in the automotive hub of Bursa in northwest Turkey, according to a presidential decision in the country’s Official Gazette.

Five models of the car will be produced, the statement said, adding the government had guaranteed to buy 30,000 of the vehicles by 2035.

In October, Volkswagen said it had postponed a final decision on whether to build a car plant in Turkey amid international criticism of an October Turkish military operation in Syria.

-www.reuters.com, 26 December 2019

Arno's commentary

Here we see how the environmental issue is virtually forcing nations around the world to produce electric vehicles. Turkey’s imports stand at $225.1 billion, with $166.2 billion in exports. Export partners are listed as: Germany 9.6%, UK 6.1%, UAE 5.9%, Iraq 5.8%, USA 5.5%, Italy 5.4%, France 4.2%, and Spain 4% for 2019. Turkey, a member of NATO, has caused displeasure and criticism throughout the western world. But, as these simple facts reveal, their economy and industry are well-integrated into the global system. Turkey was the first Muslim-majority country to recognize and establish diplomatic relations with Israel in March 1949, three months after the United States did.

Historically speaking, the Ottoman Turkish Empire controlled most of the southern Mediterranean countries and many of the European Balkan countries: nearly surrounding the shores of the Black Sea. But the empire was reduced to its present borders after World War II.

When Jesus speaks about the end times, He makes a peculiar statement in Luke 21:29: “And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees.” The fig tree, of course, represents Israel. Only Luke adds, “…and all the trees.” Indeed, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, numerous other countries around the world gained their independence. That simply means the reawakening of ancient nations such as Turkey. This can also apply to China, India, and even to Britain, clearly exhibited by Brexit. It is the idea to go back to history, and make the nation “great” again. That, however, can no longer happen, because all the nations of the world are interconnected to such an extent that just a slight variance could upset the balance and cause global catastrophe.

Regarding Israel, the next verse reads: “When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.” We notice that it is not speaking of fruit, but as Mark clarifies, leaves: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near” (Mark 13:28). Indeed, we are in the end stages of the end times.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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