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(13/09/2017) – Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, today opened the path for public to comment on issues pertaining to an electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) and its users in order to identify and draft the required regulatory tools.

The Government empowered PUCSL to establish a register of EVCS at each distribution licensee- CEB and LECO, issue code of practice for EVCS, determine end user tariffs, issue safety and other technical standards for EVCS and collect information on a regular basis for monitoring purposes. Also, approval was granted to introduce amendments to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act enabling regulatory intervention on EVCS, enabling PUCSL to enforce user tariffs, licensing as well as imposing of safety and technical standards.

Registration of electric motor cars in Sri Lanka has increased from 90 in the year 2014 to 3,238 in the year 2015.
Total registration of electric motor cars from the year 2011-2016 is approximately 4,349 in Sri Lanka. Apart to a large number of electric motor cars, Sri Lanka also has a limited number of electric motor tricycles, motorcycles, dual purpose vehicles and single cabs.

Around 50 privately owned Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) 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.
PUCSL invites stakeholders views, suggestions, recommendation, concerns and comments related to following areas;

a) Requirement of maintaining and updating a register of authorized EVCS at CEB and LECO
b) Code of practices for EVCS
c) Determination of end user tariffs, safety and other technical standards for EVCS
d) Rights and Obligations Statement for consumers of EVCS
e) Issues faced by EVCS and consumers of such centres
f) Issues related to residential charging facilities

PUCSL wishes to introduce a regulatory mechanism to safeguard the rights of EVCS, consumers of such places in terms of economic, technical and safety aspects.
The draft consultation paper is now available at for reference. A printed copy of this report also is available at the Information Centre of the Commission. Those who are interested can submit their written comments/submissions to the Commission by post/fax or e-mail and online via on or before 04th of October 2017.
Further, PUCSL plans to hold an oral submission on the same.The venue and the date of the meeting will be communicated to the interested parties at an early date.

The Consultation document is attached herewith.
Ways to respond consultation,
Write to: Public Consultation on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka,
Level 06, BoC Merchant Tower, 28,
St. Michael’s Road,
Colombo 3.

Respond online by accessing PUCSL Website
Or Email to:
Fax: (011) 2392641
For further information, please contact:
Anushika Kamburugamuwa
Assistant Director – Corporate Communication
Mob: – 0718622800


  1. Priority should be given to the CLEAN energy producers. If a service provider producing the electricity by Solar or wind, that will be partially fulfill country’s requrement. So priority given by the govenment will encourage the Service provider.

    The owners can claim rebate for reduction in CO2 emmision in other countries. So we expect the same in our mother land.

    I have installed my first solor system in 2015 in colombo (2.5kwhp) and 2016 in Jaffna (1kwhp).and user of an electric car since 2015.

  2. Please establish at least one EV charger in every fuel station in sri Lanka.
    Give them some time and compulsory the EV charger for each station.

    Give public to interest free bank loans to purchase the Solar panels.

  3. existing charging stations doing great job with many obstacles don’t let them down, try to expan charging network by adding or giving support to current companies Ex: reduce tax for equments. try to establish new stations at dambulla, A’pura, N’Eliya, vawniya, jaffna, mannar, trinco, polonnaruwa, bati world is moving to Ev but sad to say srilanka is still depend on Arab.

  4. The only argument against Electric Vehicles (EV) is that, it is run by electricity which is generated by predominantly diesel & coal. According to USA statistics, even such electricity is less polluting than ICE vehicles (vehicles running on petrol/diesel). Furthermore, ICE vehicles emit polluting gases to the lower atmosphere causing significant health problems, contrasting to the Electricity generated by power plants.

    If this sense can be explained to the critics by anyone, EV can be promoted. Also it allows cleaner energy generation by solar, which is a trend set by many EV users.

    All EV charging stations should be promoted to use time based tariff, similar to what CEB is implementing.

    • I think we should look at the word wide trend. Except for for some remote African country, Sri Lanka has the dubios honour of having a tariif on electric cars. UK gives GBP 5000 grant when you buy a EV vehicle, China 60% subsidy, Italy if you put solar panels no duty and the list is endless with even India giving inducements to go Electric. Lo and Behold we talk of charging sations without ev cars !!

  5. දැනට නිවසේ ඇති සම්බන්ධතාවට අමතර ව 60A හෝ ඊට වැඩි සම්බන්ධතාවක් වාහන ආරෝපණය සඳහා ලබාගැනීමේ හැකියාව.
    එම සම්බන්ධතාව TOU (time of use tariff) වීම අනිවාර්ය වීම.

    Net Metering (“සූර්ය බල සංග්‍රාමය”) ග්‍රාහකයන් රාත්‍රි කාලයේ (Off Peak) වාහන ආරෝපණය කිරීම සඳහා නැඹුරු කිරීම.
    උදා : 22:30 සිට 5:30 දක්වා ලබා ගන්න විදුලි ඒකකයක් , ඒකකයකින් 1/4 ලෙස සැලකීම.(රු13/රු54)

    L3(quick Charge) සඳහා පොදු ගෙවීමේ මදයක් හඳුන්වා දීම (NFC enable prepaid card or NFC Credit Card )
    මිල අය කිරීමේ දී 1KWH සඳහා පොදු මිල ගණන් හඳුන්වා දීම.
    L3(quick Charge) සඳහා පොදු Dedicated App එකක් හඳුන්වා දීම
    L3(quick Charge) සඳහා අවම DC output power එකක් හඳුන්වා දීම.

  6. How to get separate connection using existing bulk line for lower tariff model but keeping existing voltage demand as its for ev stations.. (400v)

    For :condominium buidlings and Shopping centers

  7. As an importer of electric bikes and scooters since 2007, we have sold over 15000 bikes in Sri Lanka.
    We wish to request PUCSL to intervene to have 5Ah charging points for e bikes in locations near large vehicle charging stations.
    Also to propose the CEB to have lower unit rates during 10 pm to 5 am.

  8. As a new EV user I would like to mention following points as I noticed after using my Nissan Leaf few months.

    1. Distance between two Fast charging stations locations should be at least 50 Km range. It will be ok to have more than one in close proximity, in future definitely demand for Fast charging will be increase.

    2. Fast charging place must have a proper shed to avoid high temperature of main battery when charging at day time. It will better if there is a canteen or supermarket nearby.

    3. Standard Symbol, Sign board to identify Fast Charging Station will be easy for customers.

    4. It will better to automate Fast charging stations so customers can use them 24X7.

    5. There must be more than one normal 15A plug to use when Fast Charger got any issue. Backup power (a pure sine generator) will be an added value when there is a power failure.

    6. Customers should not use fast changer to charge more than 80% when there are others waiting in queue.

    7. Please reduce taxes and encourage investors to open many fast charging stations.

    8. Not only EV owners, as a country we must encourage people to use Solar energy much as possible.

  9. Introduce better loan schemes to purchase Solar systems with Net Metering for all EV owners.
    Possibility of obtaining the second connection with ToU package for Net Metering customers.
    Introduce better loan schemes to put up Charging centers with Solar Energy and regulate them while ensuring a good return on investment for such service providers.

  10. hi,
    we need to add few more fast charging stations in colombo and sub areas. specially in galle road bambalapitiya, wellawatte, dehiwala etc, then again in rajagiriya, kotahena and most importantly at airport.
    we mostly travel to Kandy, N-Eliya and north too. appreciate if we can arrange fast charging points at every 75km for 24×7

  11. Please reduce tax of electric vehicles then it will be increased the count of the electric vehicles in Sri Lanka. If no of electric vehicles count get increase it will help to increase the charging station as well. If it is any possibility to install EV charging unit each and every fuel station it is really appreciate. Hope everyone will agree with me if no of EV vehicles count increase in the country this is really help to our environment as well as economy. And also I happy to suggest pls give EV vehicles owners to some special government help to fix the own solar panels to their house to EV vehicles charging purpose.

  12. One charging point for each electorate is a must for a hazel free driving of a electric car. This is important for those who are driving long distances.

    Specifically one or two charging points are necessary to be established along Colombo Matara highway from Kottawa to Gall, Ideally at Walipanne
    Sudden breakdowns are common in the EV charging points coupled with long delays for repairing. Problem due to shortage of spare parts is said to be the reason for long delays. Therefore, spare parts have to be made available in Sri Lanka to buy.
    While encouraging private sector, the electricity board may take initiatives.

  13. මුලික ආගමික ස්ථාන පවතින නගර වලට chargin station ceb මගින් සවිකරලා දිමට උත්සහ කරන්න . විදුලි වාහන ගන්න ජනතාවට උනන්දු කිරීම මගින් පුද්ගලික අංශයේ ආයෝජකයන් chargin station ආරම්භ කිරීමට උනන්දු කිරීම,මේම වාහනයක ඇති අඩු වියදම් තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳ සමාජය දැනුවත්කිකිරීමට යෝජනා කරමි ,දැනටමත් යෝජනා වි ඇති වගානොකල ඉඩම් සූර්යකෝෂ සවිකරිමෙදි ඵ් ස්ථානය අනුව chargin station ceb සවි කරිම

  14. Sri Lanka should awake to the strong trend to EV vehicles worldwide.. Many countries will go EV vehicle only by 2030. We have the dubious honour of having and raising tariffs on EV cars, resulting in several EV car owners in dire straits unable to get their vehicles licensed due to collapse of importers due arbitary tariiff rises and fraud also.
    Charging stations should be at convenient points on major routes. Due to the low volume of cars many will find it hard to break even. So thats why now there are so few charging points. Maybe at the start they will need a subsidy for capital costs.
    It is sad tha PUCSL made no protest at the 2015 budget when tariffs on Electric cars were raised.
    Whilst location of charging points is important the more important thing is to establish a long term policy for going all electric for vehicles. Please see how India is moving, also China. Give a Huge subsidy for Solar systems, and also for those buying EVcars. We always put the cart before the horse !!

  15. It would be much better if every filling station would be provided at least one fast charger. There are some zones with no even one.

  16. It would be great to introduce at-least 1 Fast Charger to every fuel station that is operated 24×7 , since an electric vehicle’s driving distance is very limited. Introducing common payment mechanism would be better, because currently there are several service provides and customers have to keep several cards and keep them topped up. And if there are no funds in the card, customer will face many problems, so in my opinion use of topup card is not applicable to a country like Sri Lanka.

  17. Following are my suggestions to improve the facilities available for EV users.

    1. The Public Utility Commission (PUCSL) should encourage CEB to join with Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and set-up Fast Charges at Petrol Sheds, at least one per town throughout the country.
    2. Public Utility Commission (PUCSL) should encourage all supermarkets to install at least one 15 A plug at all super markets for EV users in case they need to charge.
    3. Public Utility Commission (PUCSL) could request large super markets (Super Stores) to consider installing at least one fast charger for EV users. This could encourage EV users to optimize the time spent at the supermarket where they could purchase the requirements / have snacks while the vehicle is being charged.
    4. Public Utility Commission (PUCSL) should request at least one fast charger at the rest areas along the Expressways. Ex. Southern Expressway.
    5. Public Utility Commission (PUCSL) should set a maximum rate that could be charged at the Fast Charges. Currently rates range from Rs. 50 – 70 per kwhr.

  18. Need to have a reliable widespread charging network.
    As suggested by Sampath Mahabalage, the government in collaboration with CEB, can request the existing gas station to install EV stations. That probably may be the most effective and easiest way to do so.

  19. Nominal tax or not tax for EVs till they are popular among all Sri Lankans. Government charging stations across country. Less import duty on EV spare parts & accessories. No import duty/tax on fast charging stations. Loans for fast charging station start ups. Free or reduced charges on government regulated fast/normal charging stations. Tax free importation of battery packs for EVs. Used battery packs to be used as battery banks to power home/office spaces. Implementation of V2G stations in Sri Lankan households and state/commercial institutions.

  20. Would like to propose few steps that GOSL can take to promote EV’s if they are relay love the country and has got a genuine interest to develop the country.

    (1) Reduce the taxes on EV’s , charging accessories and lower charging costs and promote it by the states.

    (2). Establish a state plan for EV Infrastructure investment – EV charging can be located where we are already going. Public hot spots – like grocery stores, shopping areas, public parking, recreation centers – all offer opportunities for charging that fit into our daily lives

    (3). Develop a vehicle electrification strategy . This means not only implementing the above-mentioned state EV infrastructure plan, but also establishing public/private partnerships to leverage private capital investment in charging infrastructure

    (4). Allow utilities to earn a rate of return on installation of charging infrastructure and implement “time of use” rates to further drive down the costs of evening charging. Utilities – and public utility commissions – need to expand their view of service to include vehicle charging. This may require legislation to specifically authorize and establish the expansion of charging infrastructure as a core purpose of the utility.

    (5). Adopt Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards.

  21. For 30A Single phase Home customers please introduce new TOU traiff’s (lower rates compare to current single phase TOU)

    Current traiff
    Off Peak (2230-0530 hrs)=13.00
    Day (0530-1830 hrs) =25.00
    Peak (1830-2230 hrs) =54.00

    Proposed new traiff rates and time slots due to mid ranage customers (monthly total units less than 350)

    Off Peak (2230-600 hrs) =13.00
    Day (0600-1830 hrs) =18.00
    Peak (1830-2230 hrs) =30.00

    Each addtional units above 350 units of the customer, has to pay Rs.54 unit rate for addtional counsumption

  22. I suggest PUCL to give loan basis SOLAR PANELS for leaf users. Which means we can improve our country as well as lessen our E-Bill.

  23. – The EV concept must adhere with the zero emission means the energy source must be clean one
    – The EV stations should be installed with clean energy source and tariff must be less than compare to fossil energy
    – Most part of the country receiving enough sun light a proper technique must adopt to use it in the charging centres
    – This EV charging facility must have in all existing filling stations
    – The residence charging facility encouraged with he clean energy
    – The rights of EV users must protect and adopt similar to the existing system.
    – Clean energy usage EV charging facility should consider reduced tax.

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