Fairway Holdings has introduced electric vehicle charging facility to their homeowners. All of the company’s current projects have provisions for electric vehicle charging at every carport.
In keeping with the global trend of increased usage of electric cars around the world, all Fairway Properties, which are under construction – The Elements, Fairway Galle, Urban Homes Koswatta and Latitude by Fairway now feature the electric vehicle charging facility.
The company’s vision has always been to ensure sustainability in every one of the organization’s endeavors. As a responsible developer always mindful of their carbon footprint, Fairway Holdings’ ethos, strive to promote all concepts that will serve to ensure sustainable living for customers and a sustainable future for later generations, the company said in a press release.
A testament to this worthy goal is the fact that all apartment complexes constructed by Fairway Holdings offer energy saving features such as, LED lighting, power generating lifts, double-glazed glass, uPVC windows, naturally ventilated common areas and engineered timber doors to name a few, the release said.
(05/03/2017) – Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, the electricity sector regulator, approved a time based,
‘optional tariff’ for the single phase domestic consumers, which was earlier limited only to the consumers who have three phase connections and consuming 30A or above.
The time of use (TOU) tariff was identified as it would benefit the domestic users and aims to demote power usage during the peak time and promote power usage during the off-peak time.
The approved tariff is an optional tariff for single phase consumers which the connection can be changed only upon a request to the utility.
The decision came into light sighting the observation of an increasing fleet of electric vehicles (EV) in Sri Lanka and the increase of the peak demand on account of their charging load.
Proposing the tariff change, Ceylon Electricity Board said, the studies undertaken by western utilities have found that uncontrolled natural consumer behavior for vehicle charging invariably contributes to the evening peak.
“The world is driving towards more clean and efficient use of energy and most of the countries are in the process of electrifying the transport sector encouraging the energy efficiency. Not only that, considering the facts of energy efficiency and environmentally friendliness, a big wave has been created by people in moving towards electric vehicles around the world and of course in Sri Lanka. The extension of ToU tariff to the single phase domestic users plans to encourage energy efficiency and will be benefited by the EV users in Sri Lanka where they can charge their vehicles at a lower cost,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said.
“From now onwards, a large volume of customers have the option of Time of Use Tariffs and through this, the peak load demand could be shifted to off-peak, which will help to implement the demand side management initiatives as well.”
Registration of electric motor cars in Sri Lanka has increased from 90 in the year 2014 to 3238 in the year 2015. It is estimated 4,000 electric vehicles are currently on the roads.
According to the introduced ToU, a consumer will be charged only 13 rupees per unit in the off-peak hours (22.30- 05.30 hrs), 25 rupees per unit during the day (05.30-18.30 hrs) and 54 rupees per unit in the peak (18.30-22.30 hrs). A monthly fixed charge of 540 rupees will be also applied to the ToU consumer.
The Government recently directed PUCSL to be the regulator for the EV charging industry, through a cabinet decision, with a view to ensuring the rights of EV Users are protected.
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EV Club has been having a dialogue with Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) during the last few months about the difficulties faced by EV Users as well as Charging Service Providers in obtaining services required for EV Charging.
PUCSL was very attentive to our concerns and PUCSL has started work to enhancing their regulatory framework to include EV Charging as a new industry/requirement. The current regulations have been formulated around providing electricity to a fixed premises for a single purpose. In order to address the electricity connection requirements of EV Users and EV Charging Service Providers a new regulatory framework is required.
To support our cause, we have provided some proposals in writing to PUCSL at a meeting held on 08 December 2016.
We prepared this proposal based on our members’ inputs, results of surveys we conducted and we have discussed details in this proposal with several individuals and organizations who invested on Electric Vehicle charging stations their feedback also considered when preparing this.
More information/outcomes regarding these will be published in the coming weeks.
If you have more suggestions’ to add please send them to [email protected] we always can bring them to upcoming discussions.
A charging station for electric cars was declared open at the Kelanitissa Power Plant on Thursday October 20, under the auspices of the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya.
Following the opening ceremony of the charging station, steps were taken by the Ceylon Electricity Board to introduce a post paid card system at the station.
Speaking at the event, the Minister said, steps were taken to introduce a charging station for electric cars under an affordable price scheme. The minister said that once one obtains an e-card from the Ceylon Electricity Board one can easily go to the station in order to charge the car, where the payment will be in an easy payment scheme.
“We know that various prices exist in the market. In the future, we hope to introduce a similar price range for the private sector as well, and increase the facilities available for the usage of electric cars”, he added.
He went on to note, six such charging stations would be established across the country in the near future.
Over 300 electric vehicle enthusiasts and owners participated to the “Drive Green Sri Lanka 2016 – The Electric Vehicle Symposium” organized by Electric Vehicle Club Sri Lanka @ BMICH on 7th February 2016.
Our special thank goes to GreenFrontiers & JLanka as main sponsors and ChargeNet, Access Solar & Spark EV as co-sponsors. And to the our key note speaker Prof. Sumathipala from environment ministry.
Event included presentations from expertise about electric vehicle domain by expertise and sponsors. At the end of the event we had panel discussion with Q&A session. Participant had many questions and discussions in limited 1.5 hours.
It was amazing view of the BMICH with most of the car parks filled up with Electric Vehicles (yes 99% are Nissan Leafs)
We like to thank all our members and participants of the event for help they gave for make this success.
Vega is Sri Lanka’s ambitious initiative to develop and manufacture a world class high performance electric sports car. Once completed, the car will reach 0 to 100 kmph under 4 seconds, a 240 km range, and a top speed of 240 kmph. It will join a small list of high performance cars in the world, and be an absolute technological marvel for all of Sri Lanka.
Been developed through a consortium of experts in the private sector and government universities, this project encompasses a large set of Sri Lankan experts from all over the world. Vega wants to build a unique culture in Sri Lanka where experts from different areas can be brought together readily, and then be tasked to handle complex engineering projects to success.
With the dawn of the electric vehicle era, expertise for vehicle development has focused on electronics, software, battery and motor technology. With world class experts in Electronics and Electrical engineers in Sri Lanka, we are uniquely positioned to take advantage and take the lead on electric vehicle and electric vehicle component development. Before, combustion engines required a focus on mechanical engineering, tooling, iron casting and other technologies that Sri Lanka was not focused on. But with electric vehicles all that has changed, the focus on electronics an
d software is where we shine. We must build the eco system needed to grab this opportunity to become an electric vehicle hub of the world. There are many reasons why Sri Lanka can be successful in the electric vehicle industry
- Paradigm shift from combustion to electric vehicles has increased the need for complex electronics in the vehicle. Sri Lanka has the high level of graduates in Electronics and Electrical field to be competitive.
- High performance cars are not mass produced, but most are limited edition handmade vehicles. It is labor intensive, and expensive for countries with high labor costs.
- With more than 50 micro-controllers in a new vehicle, the need for vehicle software will grow exponentially with time. Sri Lanka’s thriving software industry can take control of a major portion of that world market.
- With high fuel costs, converting to electric of existing vehicles will be economically viable. A whole new industry can be brought to life, with retrofitting existing vehicles, EV vehicle service stations, EV charge stations etc.
- With a 10x increase in efficiency of using electricity to drive a vehicle vs burning fuel to run an internal combustion engine, it will save the government billions of dollars on fuel imports. This also means it takes only 10% of the fuel used for vehicles today to increase the amount of electricity needed to run the same vehicles with electricity.
Looking on the technical details of VEGA, this beast is powered by a 330V and 40kWh LiFePO4 battery pack with an active cooling system. The total discharge current in peak performance is 1200A. The two rear wheels are independently driven by Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) each with 450bhp. There is no mechanical differential to distribute the power to two wheels. Both wheels are independently controlled with an electronic differential in order to achieve more stability and traction. The chassis is designed with a space frame structure in order to achieve the rigidity and safety. The body panels are made out of carbon fiber since high strength to weight ratio is really important for the light weight. The total weight of the car will be around 1600kg. The body design is optimized through aero dynamic simulations to achieve sleek design as well as top speed.
There are enormous benefits to reap from building an electric vehicle industry in Sri Lanka. First the multi-disciplinary aspect of the industry will create job opportunities for a wide variety of Sri Lankan student graduates. It will spawn interests in new research and curriculum, bringing a renewed value to our technology education hub. Having the technology to convert existing combustion engine vehicles to electric cars will have the potential to save US $2.5 billion in fuel imports. By converting to electric, we will eliminate toxic environment pollution, and be able to provide a safe environment for our generations to come. Once the technology is mastered, we will be capable of developing other electric vehicles from mass transport, to 3 wheeled people movers. Having a world class vehicle manufacturing capability in Sri Lanka, we will save billions of dollars per year on foreign vehicle imports to the country.
Sri Lanka’s state-owned electricity service providers are now offering domestic time of use (TOU) electricity tariff for cheaper charging of electric vehicles.
“During the off-peak hours only Rs.13 is charged per unit, which is a fair amount for the electric vehicle charging purposes,” a Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) statement said.
The off-peak hours run from 10:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Tariffs during daytime hours of 5:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. will be Rs.25 per unit and Rs.54 per unit will be charged during peak hours between 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
The new tariff scheme is an alternative tariff system for domestic users who consume a three-phase, 30 A or above power supply.
“Those who wish to upgrade their customer category from the existing domestic category to TOU tariff should apply it from the regional area engineer’s office of their service providers (Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Lanka Electricity Company Private Ltd (LECO)). Such customers should pay for the new meter which is required to support the TOU tariff,” PUCSL said. The PUCSL said that those opting for the new system would contribute in lowering peak time consumption and increasing off-peak consumption.
This would help balance the loads in the coal power plants Sri Lanka increasingly depends on. Stopping and restarting coal-fired plants between peak and off-peak times is time consuming and causes energy wastage.