Ideal Motors yesterday launched the country’s first home-grown fully-electric mass market car, the ‘Moksha,’ which will be positioned as an alternative to the 5.9 million two and three-wheelers on Sri Lankan roads.
Moksha, which was inspired by the iconic Mini Moke in terms of design, is expected to provide a sustainable, carbon-neutral solution to Sri Lankans’ mobility issues caused by the island nation’s current foreign exchange crisis.
Moksha is a four-wheeled electric quadricycle with a 22.46 kWh lithium battery that provides up to 200 kilometers of range on a single charge when plugged into a 15-amp domestic charger overnight.
The car’s power train has a weight of only 870 kg and a speed of 1, 080 rpm.
The car’s interior features a spacious cabin with comfortable seating for the driver and three passengers. The car is available in matching two-tone exterior colors.
The 7-inch multimedia touch screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility allows the customer to access information, favorite music, and maps. The fully air-conditioned vehicle comes with push start and alloy wheels. Furthermore, Ideal Moksha provides complete peace of mind to the customer with a 2-year warranty on the electric motor as a standard benefit. The battery will be covered by a 5-year warranty from the date of purchase. “Today, the unveiling of Ideal Moksha fulfilled my dream of manufacturing a homegrown electric car in Sri Lanka.” “This entry-level car has the options and sophistication of cars built by the world’s best auto majors,” Ideal Motors Chairman Nalin Welgama said yesterday at the Moksha unveiling ceremony at the JAIC Hilton. “It gives me great pleasure to announce that my 35 years of experience in the automobile industry has contributed to the production of this car on my home turf.” “I fervently hope that this marks the start of a new era in the production of EVs in Sri Lanka,” he added.
Mokasha’s local value addition, according to Welgama, is approximately 65 percent. He stated that special consideration was given to the car’s battery management system in order to improve battery efficiency and safety in accordance with Sri Lanka’s tropical climate. With a price tag of Rs.4 million, Ideal Motors hopes to keep Moksha affordable.
Following road tests and other required approvals, the company expects to begin commercial production of Moksha by the end of this year. Ideal Motors believes that with the construction of a new factory to produce Moksha, it will be able to meet local demand.