Sri Lankan Government has launched the first ever electric 'tuk-tuk' as an alternate means of transport. 'Tuk-tuk' is three-wheeler, a popular mode of public transport in Srilanka.
Sri Lanka has launched the first ever electric three-wheeler, a popular mode of public transport, keeping in line with the government's vision of creating a greener, healthier environment, media reports said here Thursday.
Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, who launched the electric three-wheeler in the country on Wednesday, said the government aimed to go electric in the near future and welcomed such investments, Xinhua news agency reported.
The number of three-wheelers in Sri Lanka has increased eight-fold since 2000 and fuel consumption per person has increased from 90 liters to 150.
Sri Lanka's excise tax is now structured in a way that diesel and petrol vehicles are taxed at a higher rate, making hybrids and electric vehicles more attractive.