VEGA: All electric super car of Sri Lanka catches global attention
Friday, 19 February 2016 - 14:03
Sri Lanka, the Island paradise known all over the world for finest tea has grabbed automobile lovers’ attention with its 900-horsepower, all-electric supercar- VEGA!
Vega is not only as an all-electric thrill machine, but a demonstration of Sri Lankans’ ability to develop advanced transportation technologies.
The Vega falls squarely in the category of a supercar, with a 3.5-second record from 0 to 60 mph. It has dual electric motors that drive the rear wheels and deliver a 900 horsepower figure with a torque of 530 lb-ft. With the components needed to power this vehicle, especially the lithium-ion batteries, the Vega would weigh a ton, and yet it only clocks at 3,000 lbs thanks to carbon fiber materials. And it boasts of a range of 150 miles and speeds of up to 150 mph.
The lithium battery modules of Vega have a number of innovations in packaging, safety, battery management, system hardware, and firmware and software while its electronic differential will also run cutting-edge algorithms to control the vehicle in different road and driving conditions.
The Vega does have some clout when it comes to the people behind it. It was conceptualized by Harsha Subasinghe, CEO of travel software makers CodeGen, who has also funneled more than $500,000 into the project. The Project Manager for this rather ambitious endeavor is Beshan Kulapala, an electrical engineering Ph.D. who had a 13-year stint at Intel.
The famous BBC recently featured VEGA with a detailed analysis, concluded their review stating, “as every upstart supercar maker discovers soon enough, it's a long road from daydream to reality. Can the Vega make the trip? Sri Lankans have demonstrated impressive tenacity and innovation in recent years, rebuilding after a brutal civil war and a devastating tsunami. If any country seems equipped to rise to such an occasion, it's this one.”
The Project Manager Beshan Kulapala
Harsha Subasinghe, CEO of travel software makers CodeGen