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Not practical to import electric vehicles with 100kw-150kw capacity: EVCSL

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While thanking Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera for the measures that he taken to improve the electric vehicle usage in Sri Lanka in 2018, the Electric Vehicle Club Sri Lanka (EVCSL) yesterday said that it would not be practical to import electric vehicles with motor capacity ranging from100kw-150kw.

While addressing the media briefing yesterday EVCSL Co-founder and Interim Committee Member Mahisanka Abeywickrama said it was also on a plan of removing all fuel vehicles from 2014, imposing the carbon tax, proposal to install electric vehicle chargers, reduction of taxation for buses and trains.

During the media briefing, he pointed out imposing higher tax percentage for electric vehicles over 100Kw as the first issue to not being it practical.

He also said the taxes of electric vehicles are greater than hybrid vehicles if compared within same class. Therefore, we propose the Government to expand the range defined for middle class vehicles to < 50 to 150 < = none of luxury cars falling in to this category. Luxury and Sport cars like Tesla have motors above 200Kw, he said.

Motor / Engine Capacity Taxes of Electric Vehicles Taxes of Petrol Hybrid
50kW / 600cc Rs. 375,000 Rs. 750,000
100kW / 1000cc Rs. 1,250,000 Rs. 1,250,000
110kW / 1300cc Rs. 2,525,000 Rs. 2,600,000
130kW / 1300cc Rs. 3,250,000 Rs. 2,600,000
150kW / 1500cc Rs. 3,750,000 Rs. 3,750,000

“The decision to not to give tax relives for used vehicles, is not practical. Main reason is, brand new vehicles are still not imported directly into the country. Second reason is that the efficiency of the car will remain thought out years when compared with hybrids and petrol cars,” Mr. Abeywickrama said.

“When considering the batteries, they are considered as the main component of an electric vehicle. When a new battery is replaced, the old battery could be used for home solar systems for another five years. After that period there is a process of re-exporting and recycling and even batteries of hybrid cars follow the same practice. If used electric batteries are dumped to the environment without proper recycling or disposal process, it causes pollution. There are many steps the government can take to properly collect and re-export the used batteries without restricting the importation of electric vehicles,” he said.

Mr. Abeywickrama said even though brand new electric vehicles were not sold in Sri Lanka at this point, it would start during next year. And there was a possibility of their prices escalating. Furthermore, the European countries give special grants and other relief when purchasing an electric vehicle. As a result, their prices decrease drastically and by importing those used vehicles to our country will also benefit from those grants in an indirect way.

Accordingly, the EVCSL proposed that they would appreciate if the government could allow to import electric vehicles which are at least two years older. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  Comments - 10

  • siva Friday, 01 December 2017 08:58 AM

    If each electric vehicle owner could have his own source of electricity like a windmill or solar power which is easily possible then the electric vehicles can be imported or made in SL.

    romani Friday, 01 December 2017 09:03 AM

    'efficiency of the car will remain thought out years when compared with hybrids and petrol cars,” Mr. Abeywickrama said. Utter self-promoting BS. Batteries have to be replaced in 4 years. Brand new EV's are double the cost of brand new petrol cars.

    dinu Friday, 01 December 2017 01:36 PM

    please check data from ev, your argument is wrong

    Dinesh Friday, 01 December 2017 08:52 PM

    seems you are misinformed, a nissan leaf battery will last almost 6-8 years...but of course the power of the battery will be lesser...but you can still do about 90km on a charge after 6 years when brand new it did about 130km, a Tesla will do way better, as it has a thermal managment. What Mahisanka told was the motor efficiency of a electric car does not go down like a ICE car due to wear and tear of the engine...no heat no vibrations...

    Dee Friday, 01 December 2017 09:25 AM

    Oh yes. A vehicle with 130km on the clock is a genuinely "used vehicle". We know how you import "used vehicles".

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 01 December 2017 11:53 AM

    Usually there is no need for vehicles with more than 70 kw in Sri Lanka if electric or others except lorries or buses.

    jk Friday, 01 December 2017 02:54 PM

    reply to romani:A gasoline powered cars efficiency is measured in km per litre. As the car ages, the engine wears out due to its moving parts resulting in loosing its efficiency in converting a litre of gasoline in to kilometers. Also the emissions increase. That is why we do have the Emission testing as the car ages.In electric car what happens is that the capacity of the battery reduces over a period of time. Then the amount of electricity it can store also reduces. When the total amount of electricity stores reduces the total distance that you can travel reduces. But the number of kilometers traveled per kilo Watt hour does not change. The performance of the electric motor does not degrade that fast.So this is the explanation to your BS statement.

    mnsmart Friday, 01 December 2017 05:52 PM

    and also the efficiency against the energy utilized - Ev 97% and 48% for hybrids.

    Arnold Friday, 01 December 2017 03:57 PM

    Politicians think voters are damn fools and will believe them blindly.

    Sanjeeva Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:23 AM

    Can i bring down a Electric CONVERTED vehicle under the electric vehicle duty?


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