EV Lanka (Electric Cars).

UPDATE: The showroom isn’t on Duplication Rd anymore, their listed office is Hill Street, Dehiwala.

We don’t normally cover car sales, but this is pretty awesome. EV Lanka sells electric vehicles, starting with the Nissan Leaf. This car plugs into the wall and for about Rs. 500 worth of juice will take you to Galle (they say the range is 150 km, for crappy Colombo traffic it’s probably closer to 70). It’s zero-emissions as well. Like we said, pretty awesome.

The Car

This is the car, which comes in a few colors. It’s not especially slick looking but it is some brilliant tech.

The main feat is the charger, as shown, which either plugs into a regular wall plug (which we still find somewhat baffling to see) or into a fast-charging station. Regular charging is best done overnight, but the fast charger promises up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. Sri Lanka doesn’t have any fast charging stations yet but we’re a small country uniquely suited to electric cars. If you put fast chargers on the highway, in Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Kandy, Vavuniya, Habarana and a few other places you could quite effectively cover the whole country. They say that they’re installing a few soon.

Once you sit down in the car it’s quite well appointed inside. What’s different is that it has a power button (which detects if you’re holding the keychain nearby) and it uses a sort of joystick to change gears. Being parked indoors, we didn’t get a chance to drive it around. According to Wikipedia, the Leaf has a max speed of around 150 kmph and goes 0-100 kmph in about 10 seconds. Neither of these are statistics you’ll have much opportunity to test in Sri Lanka.

The interior

The cost of a Nissan Leaf (as of our publication time, March 2014, obviously subject to change) is Rs. 4.4 mn to Rs. 4.6 for a 2012 model and 5.4-5.6 mn for a 2013. These cars have only being selling for a very short time so we can’t comment on after sales service beyond saying that it is provided.

The Market

As we’ve mentioned here and there in this review, we think there’s a lot of scope for electric cars in Sri Lanka. Namely because:

  1. Our electricity isn’t cheap, but it’s still cheaper to run an electric car than a petrol or diesel one.
  2. It’s very nice to not spew emissions across our small island.
  3. It’s a small island, so we can quickly get coverage with fast charging stations.

Beyond that, electric cars are just cool. The Leaf isn’t the most futuristic looking car, but it’s really a revolution in terms of personal transport. It operates like a normal car, just without petrol or emissions. Wonderful that it’s available in Sri Lanka now.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

KAMU.

Satisfy your Kottu cravings at KottuLabs

Located in Nawala down a little lane, Kottulabs is home to the widest and most

Highlights Kamu

A flavorful journey to the North East by Paadum Meen

An ecstatically beautiful place located down Frankfort place, Bambalapitiya has caught a significant eye for

Highlights Kamu

Hummus Festival 2022 – Graze Kitchen by Hilton

By Shamrina Carim The stunning atmosphere Walking into this masterpiece designed by an excellent interior

Kamu

A Luxury European Dining experience at 1864 Limited Edition

Ambience Intimate dining area for couples and friends Comfy lounge areas to sit and catch

Highlights Kamu

Pizza Hut – My Box Birizza Fever- review

By Sumaiya Jaleel Hurrah! Welcome back to your scrumptious feast. Pizza Hut has brought back

Highlights Kamu

The Hottest Food Fest of the Year: Eat Street Colombo

By Janani Vithanage After a 2 year (Covid induced break), Sri Lanka’s biggest, best food

Highlights Kamu

Trending.

Ramada by Wyndham Colomb Wins 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 

Ramada by Wyndham Colombo is recognized with the 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award for the

Trending

‘Encounters’: The Second Exhibition by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka

-  A walk through history that gives you a feel of déjà vu, especially when

Trending

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s ColomBar moves to newly refurbished location

04 May2022, Colombo: Colombo’s iconic and stylish destination bar, ColomBar, has been re-located to its

Trending

Spreading Mother’s Day Love with Ramada Colombo

Treat your Mother to lavish lunch, and high tea buffets, sweet treats, and plush stays. 

Trending

Eid Staycation at Sheraton Kosgoda TurtleBeach Resort

By Janani Vithanage Heralded by the first sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-al-fitr, which translates

Trending

Eid Staycation at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

By Janani Vithanage Heralded by the first sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-al-fitr, which translates

Trending

Yamu Guide.

The Embazzy – a relaxing luncheon spot

By Hiruni Herath Service and Ambience Stepping into The Embazzy, it’s clear that the restaurant

Highlights Yamu Guide

What to expect at a Yala National Park Safari

Covering an extensive area of Southern and Uva Provinces, Yala is the second largest national

Yamu Guide

Everything you need at Online Kade

Located in the heart of Rajagiriya Online Kade also has a branch in Colombo 04

Yamu Guide

5 Co-working spaces in Colombo

By Tashia Ranasinghe Here are some more interesting places for all the digital nomads out

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Buffets to Indulge In this Easter 2022

By Janani Vithanage As the youth of our nation make their voices heard, the birth

Yamu Guide

5 occasions to celebrate with Shirohana

By Rahma Rifkhar Okay, so, first question: Are you the colour-coordinated bullet journaling typa person

Highlights Yamu Guide