Sri Lanka launches first electric car charge center

Apr 09, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka launched the first electric power car charging station in Colombo yesterday aiming at implementing electric power to nurture the production of green electricity, a statement said.

The center was declared opened on Tickel Road in the capital Colombo as the first step towards making 10 percent of all vehicles on the road electricity powered by 2020, compared to 100 percent fuel driven.

“We might have to go for 100 percent green energy driven power in the future due to dwindling oil stocks in the world.

“In this context, we are planning to save 5-10 percent on electricity and save 10 percent fuel,” Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power and Energy said.

“We want to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in energy by producing our own fuel. We are planning to develop the Manner based gas production and coal power production in the country,”

Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power and Energy

Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power and Energy

The Minister also said the government plans to introduced, electric driven trains in the Island in coming years.

Sri Lanka new rulers reduced the taxes for electricity cars in order to encourage people to purchase them.

Currently about 51 percent of electrical energy is produced by coal and about 20 percent by diesel and furnace oil in the Island while about 20 percent of power is produce by hydro.