Revealed By: Paras Yadav
Final Up to date: Could 12, 2023, 10:05 IST
Dealing with a extreme power disaster amid the monetary downturn, Sri Lanka mulls to modify to electrical mobility by changing 500,000 ‘tuk-tuks’ (autorickshaws) to electrical automobiles (EVs) throughout the subsequent 5 years.
Backed by the United Nations Growth Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Transport and Highways and the Ministry of Energy and Power, along with the Division of Motor Visitors and the Nationwide Transport Fee began the venture to mainstream e-mobility by changing to e-tuk-tuks.
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Sri Lanka has practically 1.2 million tuk-tuks primarily imported from India. Nonetheless three-wheeler import from India has dropped to virtually zero since authorities’s 2022 choice to ban import of car because of the greenback crunch.
Unable to import essential gasoline, practically 500, 000 tuk-tuk drivers who have been solely depending on hires grew to become jobless with weeks lengthy queues in final yr.
“With the prevailing socio-economic disaster within the island, a shift in direction of adopting sustainable mobility approaches has been recognized as a necessity for a inexperienced restoration course of,” the UNDP acknowledged whereas launching the venture on Thursday.
The venture goals to assist the conversion of petrol three-wheelers to electrical three-wheelers.
The proposed three-phased venture consists of an incubation part, an illustration part and an acceleration part. The incubation part will take a look at the conversion course of, the demonstration part will assist conversions and the acceleration part will use market forces for conversion by way of concessional financing and infrastructure improvement.
“This pilot venture is part of UNDP’s Inexperienced Growth Portfolio which is at the moment being developed. This portfolio goals to construct options and assist Sri Lanka’s improvement in catalysing low-carbon, inexperienced, and inclusive improvement inside which sustainable transportation and e-mobility play a key function,” UNDP’s Resident Consultant, in Sri Lanka Azusa Kubota, mentioned highlighting UNDP’s function within the pilot venture.
The incubation part will assist the conversion of 200 petrol three-wheelers to electrical three-wheelers.
For the incubation part, plenty of standards have been launched for choice automobiles and house owners. These standards embody: the age of tuk-tuk shouldn’t be larger than 10 years from date of manufacture, solely petrol 4-stroke three-wheelers are eligible, precedence can be given to candidates whose livelihood depends on a single three-wheeler, and preferential choices are to be given to ladies house owners, operators and individuals with disabilities.
“Electrical three-wheelers won’t solely profit particular person operators but additionally contribute to spring boarding the nation’s financial restoration course of,” Transport and Highways Minister Bandula Gunawardena mentioned.
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