A much-hyped project for a Turkish-brand electric car has dominated Turkey’s agenda in recent days, along with a similarly sensational plan for an artificial waterway as an alternative to the Bosphorus. The viability of the car project remains dubious despite the global automotive trend toward electrification, with many convinced that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), under growing strain since electoral losses last year, is merely seeking political gain.

Written by Mustafa Sönmez