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Sri Lanka launches first ever electric tuk tuk

Christian Fernsby |
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.

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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.

Sri Lanka last year pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in the transport sector by 2020.

The number of three-wheelers in Sri Lanka has increased eight-fold since the year 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.

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