Financial Times: Businessman’s conversion may prove priceless


The Financial Times featured an article about BD Oto and its founder, Osman Boyner:

As a scion of one famous Istanbul business family who married into another, Osman Boyner is something of an unlikely figure to find in a garage on the Asian side of Istanbul where workers are ripping engines out of cars. But his project, backed by his extended family, could be a highly significant one for Istanbul and is already leaving its mark on other cities.

Mr Boyner’s big idea is to replace those vehicles with electric cars. He says that in Turkey more than a quarter of carbon emissions come from 2 per cent of cars. He believes such vehicles, which constantly make short trips, are easily within the range of an electric vehicle, so converting them makes economic as well as environmental sense, since lower cost per kilometre offsets the price of conversion.

Read the complete article here.

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