Revolutionizing Sri Lanka’s transportation: JKCG Auto launches BYD NEVs at EV Motor Show 2024

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  • Unveils BYD pure electric vehicles – BYD DOLPHIN, BYD ATTO 3, BYD SEAL
  • Will be introducing the BYD DM-i vehicle, BYD SEALION 6, the first model equipped with BYD DM-i technology (BYD Super Plug-in Hybrid EV Technology) in Sri Lanka in the near future
  • Ambitious showroom network planned across the  nation with first flagship showroom to be launched shortly
  • Sufficient charging network to eliminate the charging anxiety of vehicle owners

The world’s leading NEVs (New Energy Vehicles) Manufacturer, BYD, through its passenger vehicle authorized distributor, JKCG Auto, the subsidiary company of Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerate listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) John Keells Holding PLC (JKH) and CG Auto Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary company of CG Corp Global, headquartered in Dubai, officially unveiled the BYD NEVs which are BYD pure electric vehicles in Sri Lanka at the EV Motor Show 2024, marking a revolutionary step towards fostering ground-breaking technology in sustainable transport.  

(from left) State Minister of Transport Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena, BYD Chief Marketing Officer (Passenger Vehicles), Aiffy Liu, Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media Bandula Gunawardana after the unveiling ceremony.

The Chief Guest for the exhibition held at the BMICH from June 28th to 30th, 2024, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena unveiled the BYD NEVs to the public. Guests of Honor for the event were Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media Bandula Gunawardana, State Minister of Transport Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, Minister of Industries and Health Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Highways Ranjith Rubasinghe, and Industrial Development Board Chairman Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma.

The BYD and JKCG Auto team with the BYD DOLPHIN and the BYD SEAL

The NEV (New Energy Vehicle) fleet unveiled at the Motor Show includes BYD pure electric vehicles which are the luxury sedan, BYD SEAL, renowned for its sleek design, ultra-long range of up to 650Kms and acceleration time of 3.8s from 0-100Kms/h, the BYD ATTO 3, a versatile and family-friendly SUV, that stands out for its spacious interior, advanced safety features, and an impressive range of up to 480 km, together with the BYD DOLPHIN, a compact yet powerful vehicle known for its agility and efficiency, offering a range of up to 410 km and a swift acceleration time of 7.9 seconds from 0-100 km/h. 

State Minister of Transport Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media Bandula Gunawardana unveiling the BYD DOLPHIN 

Plans are underway to also introduce the BYD DM-i vehicle, BYD SEALION 6, the first model to be equipped with the BYD DM-i technology (BYD Super Plug-in Hybrid EV Technology) in Sri Lanka, with a combined driving range up to 1,100Kms. 

John Keells Holdings Holdings PLC President – Retail Charitha Subasinghe

Consolidating its commitment to establishing Sri Lanka as a hub for new energy vehicles in the region, JKCG Auto also revealed ambitious plans to open showrooms for BYD automobiles and EV enthusiasts across the nation. The first flagship showroom in Colombo is scheduled to be open to the public in the coming weeks, which will provide visitors an immersive experience, highlighting the advanced features and benefits of these cutting-edge vehicles.

The company is further leveraging its partnership with BYD to cultivate local talent and create a knowledge hub for NEVs in the region. Accordingly, the global manufacturer has begun training the first batch of staff for the country’s first-ever EV Workshop, setting the precedence for future collaborations to nurture local talent to international standards. 

JKCG Auto further consolidated its commitment to creating a sustainable transport ecosystem in Sri Lanka, by leverage the extensive network of properties owned by JKH, laying the foundation for a comprehensive EV charging network across the island. The fast charging stations, scheduled to be completed in the coming months, will be capable of charging vehicles three times faster, significantly enhancing convenience and efficiency for EV owners.

About JKCG Auto

John Keells CG Auto (Private) Limited (JKCG) is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC and CG Auto Pte. Ltd, having entered the automotive industry in 2023. JKCG Auto is the authorized distributor of BYD passenger vehicles, parts, and services in Sri Lanka, committed to building customer confidence in New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) and setting new standards for NEVs while supporting the development of an ecosystem for NEVs in Sri Lanka.

About JKH

JKH is the largest conglomerate listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, operating with over 70 companies in 7 diverse industry sectors. With a history of over 150 years, John Keells Group provides employment to over 14,000 persons and has been ranked as Sri Lanka’s ‘Most Respected Entity’ for the last 18 years by LMD magazine. John Keells Holdings PLC was ranked first for the fourth consecutive year in the ‘Transparency in Corporate Reporting Assessment’ by Transparency International Sri Lanka. A full member of the World Economic Forum and a participant of the UN Global Compact, JKH drives its CSR vision of “Empowering the Nation for Tomorrow” through John Keells Foundation and through the social entrepreneurship initiative, ‘Plasticcycle’, which is a catalyst in significantly reducing plastic pollution in Sri Lanka.

About BYD

BYD is a multinational high-tech company devoted to leveraging technological innovations for a better life. Founded in 1995 as a rechargeable battery maker, BYD now boasts a diverse business scope covering automobiles, rail transit, new energy, and electronics, with over 30 industrial parks in China, the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hungary, and India. From energy generation and storage to its applications, BYD is dedicated to providing zero-emission energy solutions that reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. Its new energy vehicle footprint now covers 6 continents, over 70 countries and regions, and more than 400 cities. Listed in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges, the company is known to be a Fortune Global 500 enterprise that furnishes innovations in pursuit of a greener world. For more information, please visit

About CG Corp. Global

With a prolific history of over 140 years, CG Global is a distinguished multinational corporation headquartered in Dubai, with its Global Electric Mobility headquarters in Singapore. From its humble beginnings, it has grown to become Nepal’s largest business enterprise. Today, CG Corp Global employs 20,000 people and operates across more than 32 countries worldwide, spanning diverse business sectors. The group has been constantly investing into Sri Lanka since 2001 in hospitality sector with reputed properties Taj Samudra Colombo, Jet Wing, CHC, etc; major acquisitions in financial services sector under Union Bank of Colombo keeping confidence in Sri Lanka economy and people. 

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