Ideal Motors unveils Sri Lanka’s first electric car – The Island

On Thursday (28), Ideal Motors unveiled the ‘Ideal Moksha’, Sri Lanka’s first fully electric car at the JAIC Hilton. Taking inspiration from the iconic Austin Mini Moke that took the world by storm, the Ideal Moksha is designed as a game-changer for the Sri Lankan market and the most practical solution in the current technology transition phase towards a sustainable and carbon-neutral future.

As the name suggests, ‘Moksha’ is intended to deliver an enjoyable driving experience with advanced technology and design principles embedded in every detail – a new solution for the roads of Sri Lanka that delivers style, space, comfort and connectivity.

Classified as a four-wheeled electric quadricycle, the Ideal Moksha is equipped with a 22.46 kWh lithium battery that provides a range of up to 200 kilometers on a single charge by plugging into a 15 amp home charger while driving. night. With a weight of only 870 kg, the power unit provides a speed of 1080 rpm. The interior of the car contains a spacious cabin offering comfortable seats for the driver and 3 passengers. The car is offered in matching two-tone exterior colors.

The customer can access information, favorite music and maps using the 7-inch multimedia touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The fully air-conditioned car features push start and alloy wheels. Additionally, Ideal Moksha offers complete peace of mind with a 2-year warranty on the electric motor as a standard customer benefit. The warranty available on the battery will be 5 years from the date of purchase of the car. Our island-wide aftermarket network will ensure an unparalleled level of service.

The Ideal Moksha should offer affordable electric mobility to all segments of society. It is the ideal car for every household in Sri Lanka, especially for the 1.5 million three-wheelers and 4.5 million two-wheelers registered on the island, driving global change by providing drivers with a solution profitable to switch to a safer and smarter vehicle. vehicle. The fully automatic car delivers 100% torque right from the start without shifting, making it easy to learn and a relaxed driving experience.

The electric battery bypasses gas stations, eliminating the stress and hassle of travel. With these innovations, the Ideal Moksha is poised to transform the very nature of traveling and traveling in Sri Lanka; it’s the ideal vehicle for everyone and for everyone, from the business manager looking to preserve and the two-wheeler owner looking to modernize.

As a strong advocate of sustainable mobility, Nalin Welgama, founder and president of Ideal Group, together with a team of expert technicians passionate about climate change and the migration to electric vehicles, developed Ideal Moksha in her own green workshop in Ratmalana (the factory itself is entirely powered by solar energy).

Speaking on the occasion, Welgama said: “My dream of making a local electric car in Sri Lanka came true today, with the unveiling of our ‘Ideal Moksha’.

This entry-level car has the options and sophistication of cars built by the best automotive majors in the world! It is with great pleasure that I declare that my 35 years of experience in the automotive field have contributed to the manufacture of this car in my native soil. I fervently hope that this will mark the beginning of a new era in electric vehicle manufacturing in Sri Lanka.

This is just the beginning of this next step for Ideal Motors. Building on this momentum, the Company also unveiled a fully electric moped and a retrofit kit that will enable the migration from a combustion engine to an electric motor.

But the Ideal Moksha and other electric vehicles are only one piece of the puzzle; Ideal Group’s objective is not simply to pass on the energy deficit and fuel costs to electricity, especially if the electricity sources are not renewable.

With this in mind, the Ideal Group offers its customers a package for a total green solution with their purchase of the Ideal Moksha to completely power the car using renewable energy.

This package is aimed in particular at the 5.5 million households that consume less than 100 and 200 kilowatts of electrical units per month. The package includes the installation of up to 4 kilowatts of solar power on the roof, where an average household can meet their daily energy needs and completely do without paying electricity bills.

The Ideal Group believes that it is this type of systematic and integrated thinking and problem solving, of which the Ideal Moksha is the first step, that will truly bring about a revolution in mobility. With over three decades of expertise in the automotive and aftermarket solutions industry, Ideal Holdings and Ideal Group are a truly Sri Lankan group of companies, with over 2,000 employees and a annual of LKR 25 billion.

A pioneering organization, the Ideal Group specializes in the manufacture, assembly, import and distribution of motor vehicles; electric vehicles; genuine parts, replacement solutions and lubricants; financing and leasing; Insurance; electricity production and renewable energies; transportation and logistics, including domestic and international courier services; agriculture; and e-commerce.

Lynn A. Saleh