The Ceylon Electricity Board has installed two charging units for electric vehicles in Kandy.
The charging rates are nominal, said R S Ranatunga, CEB Deputy General Manager. He said the CEB found that Kandy had a large number of electric vehicles, prompting them to inaugurate the charging centres.
Three more stations are to be set up in Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle and Dambulla
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 relieves 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)
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.
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.