“Sri Lanka Government to amend Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009. for Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations” – Result ‘True and Correct’

As of 3rd April 2017, FactCheck Sri Lanka verified the latest Press Briefing concluded by the the Cabinet of Sri Lanka’s Government where a decision was taken on 28th March 2017 that highlighted; with a view to safeguarding the rights of the electric car users, concerning the matters of sales tariff, safety measures, accuracy of measuring devices, intervention to resolve consumer complaints and disputes, subject to Confirmation at the next Cabinet Meeting a proposal had been made by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to amend the Electricity Act No.20 of 2009 by incorporating the relevant provisions to address the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Further the Press Briefing highlighted that there is a popular trend in Sri Lanka for electric motor cars and that the number of electronic cars which had been limited to 90 cars in 2014, which has been increased up to around 4,000 by now.

Around 50 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) are being operated in Sri Lanka, centered in the main towns according to the report. Although the Electric Vehicle Battery Charging Stations sell electricity, the provisions for regulation of this activity have not been incorporated in the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009 to date.

As a result the Government of Sri Lanka will pursue action on the guidance of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), with regard to the affairs of the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations until such time the legislation is in place, was approved by the Cabinet.

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