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Şükrü Özkılıç

Co-Founder / CEO, PILOTCAR Otomotiv A.Ş.

Şükrü Özkılıç

Sukru Ozkilic was born in Bursa in 1988. He is married with one daughter.
He has a BSc in mechanical engineering with years of interest in cars and vehicles as it has come
from the business roots of Ozkilic family where production in the automotive sector has started with his
grandfather with whom he shares the name as Sukru Ozkilic. However, Sukru always wanted to
change the game in this industry by a locally produced electric vehicle reducing the carbon footprint for
our planet.
Today Sukru is the founding partner and general manager of the Pilotcar Otomotiv San ve Tic. A.Ş.
and a valued family member who has a direct influence in the Ozkilic investments and assets
internationally.
-Pilot Seating Corp.- Turkey-Manufacturing seats for commercial vehicles
- Pilot Sitzsysteme GmbH, - Germany- Manufacturing seats for commercial vehicles
- Pilot Bulgaria Ltd, -Bulgaria- Manufacturing seats for commercial vehicles
- Siege Pilotmaroc S.A.R.L., Morocco- Manufacturing seats for commercial vehicles
- Özkılıç Otomotiv-Koltuk Sistemleri Ltd. Şti – Mold manufacturing
- HPA Plastik -Plastic injection molding
After establishing Pilotcar in 2011, shortly after, he released the first Pilotcar branded vehicle in 2012.
In a few years Pilotcar has become the fastest growing brand in the electric utility vehicle market and
taken over the majority of the Turkish market. This has opened opportunities to fasten operations for
export in Europe hence Ozkilic has established base and opened offices and warehouses in Bulgaria
and Germany.
After the strong momentum in Turkey and the experience of already increasing export base, the hook
was thrown to United States to have presence in the biggest potential market. Sukru started the
Pilotcar EV in 2018 and selected Fort Myers, Florida as the center of operations in US by opening a
production facility.
Pilotcar’s first R&D on the street legal vehicles started in 2017 with the lead of Sukru and in just 2
years successfully EU and TR regulations were satisfied. This meant Pilotcar became the first
company who produced a street legal vehicle in its own category by launching PC-2 under the L6e-A
category.
Shortly after, with the momentum of innovations and speed at heart in Pilotcar, Ozkilic launched the
first electric mini truck P-1000 under the L7e-CU category which became the talk of the town in several
media exposures.
Today Pilotcar continues its investments to grow even faster and both Pilotcar and Sukru Ozkilic
himself are drawn attention under the radar of many giant companies with his young, high potential
and innovative team internationally.

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