Turkey's total electric and hybrid car sales increased by 341.7 percent to 994 in 2016, compared to 225 in 2015, according to Turkey's Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association.
The association's statistics showed that sales of just hybrid cars, which combines a normal petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor, increased 9 fold to 950 in 2016 compared to 2015.
Last year, only 44 electric cars were purchased, while 119 electric cars were sold in 2015.
In Turkey's automotive market, the best selling hybrid car was the Toyota Yaris. Last year, sales of the hybrid version of Toyota Yaris totaled 835 units followed by the BMW i8 with 51 and the Volvo XC90 T8 with 32 sales.
The founder of Turkey Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Berkan Bayram, said that Turkish consumers are starting to show interest in hybrid models.
"We saw a decrease in electric car sales figures in Turkey as in Europe. One of the most important reasons for this fall is the lack of marketing of electric car brands," he explained.
Bayram expressed his hope for further increases in sales for both electric and hybrid cars.
"In October 2016, a discounted special consumption tax was brought in for hybrid cars in Turkey. Even this did not have an impact on hybrid car sales figure for 2016, but high sales figures are expected for 2017," he added.
With the Turkish cabinet's decision taken on October 2016, a special consumption tax was introduced to reduce taxes to 45 percent from 90 percent for hybrid cars which have a minimum of 50 kilowatts in electric engines and a maximum of 1,800 cubic centimeters of engine capacity.
Bayram also said that electric cars with a 400 kilometer range will be introduced in the Turkish automotive market. He asserted that the market will be revived with upcoming new models like the BMW i3, Renault Zoe, Opel Ampera and Hyundai lonig.
By Dilara Zengin