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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Here she is Vega, an electric car of Sri Lanka

If we're talking about electric cars, Tesla is the most often discussed. In fact, in general the majority of brand name was originating from the Western world. And Sri Lanka also wants to prove that the countries in South Asia was able to innovate in the automotive world by giving birth to a luxury sports car named the 'Vega,' such as reported by Slashgear sometime ago.

Vega is included in the supercar category, where to gush speed from 0-60 mph takes 3.5 seconds. And as its drivetrain, the car relies on two electric motors that capable of generating a power of 900 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque to drive the rear wheels. The car has a light weight ie only 1,600 kg, thanks to the use of carbon fiber material and can cover a distance of 150 miles and a top speed of 150 mph.
Meet Vega, Sri Lanka's all-electric supercar. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1B0Fcx5)
This sophisticated car birth can not be separated from the support of the government in providing broadband Internet network infrastructure. Sri Lanka was the first country to adopt mobile broadband and mobile user population has grown five times as much from 2005 to 2010. This is enabling Sri Lanka to create a high-tech electric supercar.
Rear side view of Vega all-electric supercar. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1B0Fcx5)
Vega was born thanks to a concept made by Dhashantha Gunaratne and put forth by Harsha Subasinghe, CEO of a travel software company CodeGen which has poured funds amounting to US. $500,000, or approximately Rp.6.4 billion to finance the Vega project. And Beshan Kulapala, an electrical engineer who has worked at Intel for 13 years been appointed as project manager who was responsible for the birth of Vega.
While the producing and selling were different story altogether. In this area, Sri Lanka has not had a factory and experience. But, Kulapala sure with the help of the Internet, they can quickly get to learn the knowledge that needed to create sophisticated innovation. And if Sri Lanka stay on track, it is not possible in the next few years they will make a surprise. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC | SLASHGEAR]
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