Updated Mar 29, 2019


Electric Tuk Tuk Conversion

Addresses Sri Lanka's government policy on getting the two stroke tuk tuks off the road by converting them into electric vehicles

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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Focus Areas:

Energy Efficiency, Transport & Supply Chains and Climate Change and Resilience

Energy Efficiency, Transport & Supply Chains and Climate Change and ResilienceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Sri Lanka


Country Implemented In


Purpose is to take the two stroke engine tuk tuks off the roads as they emit comparatively higher amount of GHG emissions. By converting to electric, there will be no tailpipe emissions. Running from the electricity of the national grid will reduce the CO2 emissions by 60% compared to running from petrol.



First target is to convert two stroke tuk tuks in Sri Lanka (about 300,000 units on roads). The with the monetary savings of the drivers, we will be attracting the 4stroke tuk tuk drivers as well (about 700,000 units on roads). The company will grow while making a major impact on the environment (300,00 tons CO2 reduction by converting half of the two stroke tuk tuks). Then the company can further expand to countries like India,Thailand,Philippines, etc where a large number of tuk tuks operate.

Target Beneficiaries

300,000 (the number of two stroke tuk tuk drivers) And their families will benefit since this their livelihood and the savings will uplift the living standards of their family members as well1.1 Million ( the total number of tuk tuk drivers in Sri Lanka). And as mentioned above, the monetary savings will uplift the living standards of their family members as well.

Innovation Description

Developed by at theUniversity of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka by ThermalR Industries Pvt.Ltd

It's a simple and affordable electric conversion unit developed to convert tuk tuks into fully electric drive mode. Running on electricity gives better mileage and no maintenance saving roughly $1000 for the drivers. This will uplift their lives while reducing 300,000 tones of CO2 annually.

Competitive Advantage

Product development, testing and continues R&D will be done by ThermalR Industries with the support of University of Moratuwa. With the support of the Ministry of Environment, the conversions of two stroke tuk tuks will start officially at the national policy level.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Final prototype of electric tuk tuk (May 2018), Five converted tuk tuks as a pilot project (September 2018).
Third iteration of the prototype being build at the moment. Two prototypes build and tested on roads previously. Life cycle calculations on emission testing, engineering design calculations, and computer models being developed and available upon request.


Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Sri Lanka