A Strategic Plan to Promote the Use of Electric Vehicles in Sri Lanka has been approved by the Cabinet.
Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera submitted the proposal to the Cabinet yesterday.
The Cabinet Office has stated the following in this regard.
According to the Department of Motor Traffic, by the end of 2020, the number of registered vehicles will exceed 8 million. A significant number of these vehicles are more than 10 years old and it has been identified that improper maintenance of such old vehicles can lead to toxic emissions. Research conducted by the University of Moratuwa and several other institutes have confirmed that vehicles contribute about 60% to air pollution in Sri Lanka. As the expeditious implementation of renewable energy projects is a priority of the government, attention has been focused on the use of renewable energy for motor vehicles as well. Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the proposal made by the Minister of Environment to formulate a Strategic Plan to Promote the Use of Electric Vehicles in Sri Lanka.