Varank and his entourage came from the Governorship of Samsun to the hall where the ceremony was held, with Avenue EV, a 100% domestic electric bus developed with the cooperation of ASELSAN and TEMSA. Minister Varank used the bus.
Speaking at the ceremony, Varank; He pointed out that Samsun Metropolitan Municipality, which will implement the new, environmentally friendly electric bus project, will start a new era in urban public transportation services with this investment.
Expressing that the recent developments once again show the importance of owning domestic technologies, Varank explained that in this context, in the light of the “Mill Technology Move”, they have made important breakthroughs that will increase the country’s global competitiveness.
Emphasizing that they have built an R&D and innovation ecosystem almost from scratch with structures such as universities, technology development zones, R&D and design centers they have established in the last 19 years, Varank talked about the applications they have developed within this framework.
Mentioning that they also started a new program called “Corporate Resource Management Systems Support Call”, Varank said:
“Resource management system software is an issue that needs serious attention for all our companies, especially the defense industry, in terms of information security. Here, we support the development of domestic corporate resource management systems, especially in order to eliminate the foreign dependence of the defense industry. We allocated a serious budget to the program, 25 million liras. We will provide grant support.”
“We aim to expand it to all sectors”
Pointing out that public procurement can play an important leverage role for localization, Varank underlined that states use public procurement as a policy tool to support R&D and domestic production.
Noting that they have created the necessary strategies in this context and designed the public procurement from scratch with the Industrial Cooperation Project (SIP), Varank continued as follows:
“We are pushing the administrations a little for localization, innovation and technology transfer in public procurement. In the tenders made with SIP, solutions suitable for the needs of the administrations are not taken as a ready-made product or service. Instead, solutions such as R&D, design, production, integration, testing, certification. “Our Ministry is involved in all processes throughout the tender. We determine the localization targets for the project. Thus, we ensure that domestic opportunities and capabilities are used to the maximum extent.”
Stating that they do not limit the work only to the contractor in order to ensure the total development of the ecosystem, Varank expressed that they approach the process with a holistic approach.
“It can be fully charged in 15 minutes”
Noting that the Electric Bus System with Ultra Fast Charging and Charging Stations Project was also carried out with the SIP model, Varank emphasized that Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Demir also took an important initiative on behalf of domestic and national production.
Pointing out that Demir prefers to set an example for Turkey, Varank said:
“It has cooperated with ASELSAN, one of the world’s leading defense industry companies, and TEMSA, one of the deep-rooted organizations of our country. With this work, the people of Samsun will receive a quality, environmentally friendly, noiseless and modern service. When the project is completed, the entire bus fleet of Samsun Metropolitan Municipality will consist of electric vehicles. At the end of the first phase, 10 Electric buses with ultra-fast charging will start to serve in Taflan-Airport and Soguksu region.These vehicles will be able to be fully charged in 15 minutes.Battery and traction systems developed 100% domestically and nationally by ASELSAN will be used in the vehicles.In addition, engine cooling system, Many subsystems such as control computer and driver instrument panel will also be localized by ASELSAN.”
Emphasizing that Samsun residents will have the latest model electric buses with local, national and modern lines, Varank said, “With the implementation of the project, our Municipality will gain a significant advantage and savings in fossil fuel and maintenance and repair costs. These environmentally friendly vehicles will reduce carbon emissions of 200 thousand kilograms. will prevent it.” said.
“We will be one of the pioneers in the electric vehicle market”
Underlining that the project also plays an important role in accelerating the electric vehicle ecosystem, Varank said that all the knowledge to be gained in this context will be used to improve the capacity of the sector.
Pointing out that these investments are the biggest guarantee for the country to continue on its way, Varank said, “We do not want to leave a gap in the agenda of investment, production, employment and export. We also see the results of all these efforts.” said.
Stating that Turkey was one of the G20 countries that grew the most in the first quarter, and that industrial production increased by 40 percent on an annual basis and by 1.3 percent on a monthly basis in May, Varank said, “When we look at the leading indicators, we expect a serious growth rate in the second quarter as well. Despite the turbulence in the world economy. “With the contribution of our industry, our country has demonstrated its ability to recover in a short time. We will compensate for our losses by eliminating the effects of the pandemic on our economy, and hopefully we will experience an increase in welfare that will be directly felt by our nation and will relieve all segments in the coming period.” he said.
“Make the most of SIP”
Pointing out that all provinces have made valuable contributions to the recorded developments, Varank said, “If we can expand this with public procurement within the scope of SIP, our country will step up.” gave the message.
Varank called on municipalities and public institutions to make the most of the SIP and thus contribute to the National Technology Move.
“Achieving our 2023, 2053 and 2071 targets will only be possible thanks to the added value we will create with domestic and national technologies.” Varank thanked those who contributed to the realization of the Ultra Fast Charging Bus and Charging System Project.
After the speeches, Minister Varank, Görgün and Demir signed the protocol regarding the project, and a souvenir photo was taken.