The world, so it seems, is teeming with inventors creating their own versions of electric vehicles (EVs) right now.
In the last few weeks we’ve reported on an all-electric conversion of a sixties vintage car by a Florida man and an inventor in China who incorporated fans into his home-built EV.
The latest entrepreneur to make his own electric car is Nilanga Senevirathne, a 26-year-old Sri Lankan.
The young inventor has called his creation Elca and says the 4-door vehicle is sourced from 60 per cent local materials.
Senevirathne told the Sri Lankan paper The Sunday Times that he had received interest from 18 countries around the world and that he had already earmarked a 5,000-square-foot factory to go in production with the vehicle.
Senevirathne, who lives with his parents in the town of Kalubowila, returned to Sri Lanka after studying robotics at Swinburne University, Malaysia. However, it was after a spell at Coventry University in the U.K. that he developed the idea to build his own EV.
According to the paper, within a year of returning to Sri Lanka, he had completed the blueprints, project analysis, and feasibility reports for the car and had a set of drawings for his unique creation.
Senevirathne also claimed to the paper that the car was unique because it has turbo boosters to power it uphill.
However, you might want to take some of the precocious entrepreneur’s claims with a pinch of salt since he also told the paper he reckoned on building 20 cars a month with a staff of just 20.
In China, Tang Zhenping created his own EV from scratch, incorporating a fan into the design. The 55-year-old from the village of Banjiehe, in the Tongzhou district of Beijing told the China Daily newspaper he had wanted to create a car since high school.