Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

PRIORITY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE IMPORTS: ENVIRONMEN­T MINISTER

● The private sector has about 400 charging centres in various locations and there is a need to increase that number by another 350 ● To help reduce air pollution

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The government has taken a decision to give priority to import electric vehicles to reduce air pollution. Environmen­t Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said at the State Ministeria­l Subcommitt­ee of the Presidenti­al Task Force on Green Economy which provides solutions to climate change.

The Minister said that the Cabinet Memorandum had been approved on the instructio­ns of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the cabinet.

He also said that since the maximum distance that an electric vehicle can travel after a full electric charge is around 300-350 km, there is a focus on importing cars that can currently drive around 550 km in the world and increasing the number of charging points.

At present, the private sector has about

400 charging centres in various locations and there is a need to increase that number by another 350, the Minister said.

Also, the Ministry of Environmen­t is currently working with the University of Moratuwa to formulate an E-mobility Framework.

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