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A cabinet Memorandum was presented last week in view give priority to import electric vehicles to reduce air pollution in the country, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Addressing the media, he said the decisions were taken considering the economic, environmental and health issues caused by air pollution.

"The health sector has to spend about eight percent of the GDP on preventing diseases caused by air pollution. The main cause of air pollution is the release of toxic gases into the atmosphere by the combustion of fossil fuel used in vehicles. However, air pollution by industrial sector is minimal as industrialization is limited in our country, "he said.

Therefore, after considering all these facts, it was decided to give priority to the importation of electric vehicles, he said. 

Once that car is charged, the distance it could run is currently about 300 km. However, the technology is currently being developed and will increase that distance to 500 km in the near future, the minister said.

It was also proposed to increase the number of charging stations set up island wide from 55 per day to 200.

It is also proposed to formulate a strategic plan for this purpose and to appoint a committee consisting of the Secretaries of the Ministries of Environment, Transport, Power, Energy, Industry and Finance. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • bandara Thursday, 08 July 2021 11:34 AM

    Don't talk just do and let the work speak. Republic of Only talk lanka

    GERIATRIC Thursday, 08 July 2021 12:55 PM

    VERY GOOD IDEA- IMPORT ONLY ELECTRIC VEHICLES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY... IF POSSIBLE, TRY TO GET SOLAR POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

    Tupac Thursday, 08 July 2021 01:04 PM

    More than a half a million Nissan leads cars are in trouble because of the the battery issues try solve that first without importing more electric vehicles what we bought for 35-42 lack now available in market for 8 lak because of tue batter issue

    Concerned Thursday, 08 July 2021 06:22 PM

    I have not done the cost-benefit analysis. But it is better to check before buying electric cars coz your electricity bill might cost as much as the fuel cost or even more. Because for some reason, electricity bills are so high for the same usage as before

    Ramesh Friday, 09 July 2021 09:37 AM

    First of all try to give uninterrupted electricity supply to the public. Don't open your market for kickbacks from someone who want to sell their garbage.


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