Sri Lanka to replace 70,000 state vehicles in green drive

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government will buy at least 70,000 hybrid and electric cars in the next seven years in line with its cleaner energy policy, officials said Tuesday.

The Treasury was currently taking stock of the state-owned vehicles and initial estimates placed the number of cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles to be replaced at about 70,000 in the next seven years, an official said.

Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera proposed in his budget for 2018 to ensure that all state vehicles were either electric or hybrid by 2025. All vehicles in the country will have to be electric powered by 2040.

Sri Lanka joins Britain, France and India in announcing plans to do away with vehicles using fossil fuels in the next two to three decades. Sri Lanka has not made any provisions in its 2018 budget to buy greener vehicles in 2018.

However, Samaraweera said he was spending 500 million rupees to buy 50 electric buses for the state-owned Ceylon Transport Board as a first step towards going green in the public transport sector.

(COLOMBO, November 14, 2017)


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