Sri Lanka sets up hybrid car maintenance centre

Aug 05, 2011 (LBO) – A service station to repair and maintain hybrid cars in Sri Lanka, whose use has risen sharply after an import tax cut, has been set up in the capital Colombo.
About 2,000 hybrid electric vehicles, which combine an internal combustion engine with electric motors to drive them, are already on the roads, imported mainly from Japan.

Azli Ismail, sales director and local partner of Hybrid Motors Lanka, a joint venture with Hybrid Motors Singapore set up with an investment of 100,000 US dollars, said the main problem for hybrid owners was the lack of a specialised maintenance centre.

The first hybrid engineering centre set in Maligawatte in Colombo will be open from Monday and can service about 10 cars a day.

“Hybrid cars are cheap with the import tax cut and we believe more people will buy them now that there is a service centre,” Ismail said.

He said they also intend translating into Sinhalese car operating manuals in Japanese that have come with the hybrids which local owners cannot read.

Hybrid Motors managing director Geraldine Lim told, our sister news site, they plan to expand the service station network around the island if more hybrid cars are imported.

“We expect more hybrid cars to be imported because of the tax cut and the high cost of fuel.”