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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

Electricia will roam on Sri Lanka roads

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 14 November, ( A China made four seater electric car - Electricia - will roam on local roads within this year. Ecowheels Private Ltd, an associate company of Weightech has made arrangements to import this Plug and Run , No Fuel Car.

Mr.Nissanka Ediriwira , Chairman of Ecowheels says the Ministry of Environment has shown a green light to provide concessions and the company hopes to display this 'City Commuter Car at the Ceylon Motor Show which is to be held on the 30 th of this month at the BMICH, Colombo.

Mr.Ediriweera with  Sri lanka's first 4-seater ElectriciaMr.Ediriweera with Sri lanka's first 4-seater Electricia

According to the manufacturers this car does not need liquid fuel, oil or other expensive spare parts.T his car manufactured in China with the Japanese technology includes modern features comforts and a 3000 Watt Motor.

"If charged for seven hours the car will take you 110 kilometers running distance, he said.

After my proposal on using economic benifits of the electric car the President appointed a committee headed by Dr.A.G.T.Sugathapala , Head of the Mechanical Engineering , University of Moratuwa to obtain a detailed report, which clearly recommended electric cars.

According to Dr.Sugathapala's report , in Sri Lanka the vehicle population has increased by ten fold during last 30 years .It assists the degradation of air quality specially in the urban sector. Dr.Sugathapala proposes that electric vehicles could safe guard the environment .Electric vehicles do not undergo any combustion process .Mechanical power is directly derived from electricity .According to the report the electric cars has no tailpipe emissions , less maintenance , less spare parts , less noise while in operation and totally eco friendly.

"I want to make some contribution to save foreign exchange to the country after the introduction of this "green car ".The government has moved to impose a green tax to protect the environment in it's effort to reduce Fossil fuel usage in Sri Lanka.At present the government charges 28% duty + other taxes on this car.

I have made an appeal to the government to reduce these levies.

Mr.Ediriwira said the first Electricia will reach Sri Lanka on 21 of this month and it costs 1.4 million rupees with current taxes.

"I want to leave some thing to my country. as the first businessman to bring this four seater –Fiber glass body Electric car to Sri Lanka , thus helping to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and reduce air pollution.

He said the running cost per kilometer is very low around one rupee.

Mr.Ediriwira was a senior Flt.Lt.of the Royal Ceylon Air Force and later became an entrepreneur after acquisition of the ownership of Avery in Sri Lanka.

Now he represents the world’s largest state of - the- art electronic scale manufacturers Metter Toledo. He has been in the weighing industry for over 40 years.

- Asian Tribune -

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