Sri Lanka mulls rules for electric vehicle charging licensing, tariffs

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka electricity sector regulator has started taking public comments on proposed rules for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) and its users as the need for widely distributed, publicly accessible charging stations grows with more electric vehicles imported.

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said comments on proposed regulatory tools for EVCS and the protection of consumer rights would be open till 4 October 2017.

It seeks comments on stakeholders and concerns on a range of issues including determination of end-user tariffs, safety and other technical standards for EVCS and issues related to residential charging facilities.

Registration of electric motor cars in Sri Lanka has increased from 90 in 2014 to 3,238 in 2015. Total registration of electric motor cars over 2011-2016 is about 4,349.

Apart from a large number of electric motor cars, Sri Lanka also has limited numbers of electric motor tricycles, motorcycles, dual-purpose vehicles and single cabs, a statement said.

Around 50 privately owned Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are operating in the country, covering all main towns, catering to the growing number of customers using electric vehicles but remain unregulated due to lack of proper legislation.
(COLOMBO, Sept 14 2017)

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