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Tenaga and JLanka to add EV charging to Colombo’s parking meters

The number of Electric Vehicle charging stations in Colombo is set to increase through a collaboration between Tenaga Car Parks (Pvt) Ltd and JLanka E-Mobility (Pvt) Ltd, according to a press release.

As South Asia’s largest parking management company, Tenaga Car Parks operates over 100 solar powered parking meters in Colombo and JLanka E-Mobility, a subsidiary of JLanka, the market leader in Photovoltaics energy in Sri Lanka, will deploy EV charging points at designated Tenaga parking locations.

The release added that motorists will use a single interface for both parking and charging – with charging an EV (Electric Vehicle) also amounting to parking it.

“What Tenaga’s Park Smart offers drivers of EVs is one single interface for convenient start, stop and extending of charging and parking transactions. Letting charging become an integrated part of the Park Smart parking experience makes life for EV drivers easier. Keeping both charging and parking together in one user flow means there is no need for dual user interfaces and separate flows and for drivers who use the mobile app for parking; making the task so much easier.”

Tenaga Car Parks (Pvt) Ltd. Managing Director Duminda Jayatilake said that convenience was the driving force behind this project.

“Our vision is to make it as convenient as possible for drivers to find and pay for parking in the city. With our app you can already start, stop and extend your parking – no matter whether you are at a meeting, in a café or shopping. Now we are looking to make it easier to be an EV-driver as well, by allowing users to pay for parking and charging through just one transaction.”

The user experience starts off with a registration flow, either through one of the smartphone apps, the web or a call to the call centre. With the GPS enabled ParkSmart App, motorists will be able to check location of charging points and if they are available or not.

JLANKA E-Mobility (Pvt.) Ltd. Head of Business Sujeeva Premaratne said that this project will encourage more Sri Lankans to invest in electric vehicles.

“Sri Lanka is somewhat slow in adapting to EVs, mainly due to lacking infrastructure. This initiative will contribute to the creation of smarter and more sustainable solution that helps create greener and a more livable city” said.

Customers will be able to pay for their EV charging through the Park Smart app in which payment options such as eZcash, M-Cash, FriMi, Visa, MasterCard, and Amex are all available.