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Vega Innovations
Private
Industry Automobile , Precision Agriculture
FateA subsidiary of CodeGen International Group of Companies
FounderDr Harsha Subasinghe
HeadquartersMaradana,
Colombo
,
Sri Lanka
Key people
  • Dr Beshan Kulapala
  • (Director and Strategic Planner)
Number of employees
30+
Divisions
  • The Super Car
  • ChargeNet
  • AiGrow
  • DesignStudio

Vega Innovations is a Sri Lankan automotive company and a fully-owned subsidiary of CodeGen International. CodeGen International was established in 2000.[1] CodeGen began as a start-up and has now grown into a 400+ employee company.[2]

The company has its headquarters in Maradana, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The company specialises in electric automobile designing, development and implementation of a charging network.[3] The company also has a division working with development of agricultural products, called AIGrow, a division implementing EV Charging Network, called ChargeNet and a product design studio called DesignStudio.[4][5][6]

Apart from their Super Car, ChargeNet and AIGrow divisions, Vega Innovations is leading way in building Sri Lanka’s first Smart City. Vega Innovation's also have utility products for the city, ranging from smart light boards, solar-powered streetlight systems, automated delivery systems and home number systems.[7]

The public impression of CodeGen International has led to wide success in the region for its subsidiary Vega Innovations. Most notably, CodeGen was involved in providing technological solutions for Sri Lanka’s first Smart Classroom. The project received support from the government of Sri Lanka, with the Education Ministry and the prime minister himself supervising the progress of the project.[8]

Divisions[edit]

The Super Car[edit]

Vega
Overview
ManufacturerVega Innovations
Also calledVega Supercar
Body and chassis
ClassSports car electric car
Body style
Layout
  • Rear-wheel Drive (RWD)
Doors2
ChassisCarbon Fibre
RelatedTesla Roadster
Powertrain
Electric motor2 cooled Permanent Magnet synchronous motors placed at each rear - wheel
Power output40 kWh
BatteryLithium ion phosphate (LiFiPO4)
Electric range150 mi (240 kilometres)
Dimensions
Length4,565 mm (4.565 metres)
Width1,969 mm (1.969 metres)
Height1,195 mm (1.195 metres)
Kerb weight1,600 kg (3,500 pounds)

The Vega Supercar is the first ever electric supercar that is going to be built in Sri Lanka. The name Vega originated from the Sinhala term ‘Vegaya’ pronounced [වේගය: Ve-gaya] - Speed. The project was unveiled in November 2014, with its prototype being presented in April 2015.[9]

Background[edit]

The car was developed under the leadership of Dr Harsha Subasinghe, Chief executive officer of CodeGen, a tech-entrepreneur previously working with software development in the travel and tourism industry.[9] The car stemmed from Subasinghe’s interest in supercars and "high cost of importing exclusive cars" [1] (Dr Subasinghe’s quote in a local newspaper) into Sri Lanka. He wanted to build an exclusive supercar in-land, to avoid the import tax imposed on foreign cars by the Sri Lankan government. The import taxes have recently been increased on foreign diesel cars exceeding the value of (22958 USD), petrol cars exceeding value of (22958 USD), electric cars exceeding value (39357 USD) to 120%, 100% and 60% respectively.[10]

While the prototype was revealed in 2015, Vega Innovation's has since focused on fine-tuning the technology and getting the required certification, before stepping into manufacturing.[9] The price of the car will be $400,000, asserting its position in the exclusive car category.[1] Dr Harsha Subasinghe invested more than $500,000 in the initial development stages of the project.[9]

Specifications[edit]

The ‘Vega Supercar’ is an all-electric, two-door, compact car with a 0 miles per hour (0 km/h) to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) acceleration of 3.5sec, putting it in the super-car category[9]. The range of the car is going to be 150 miles (240 km) on one charge. [11] ChargeNet is presently building the charging network required to enable charging the car at as many places as possible. [12]

It is a dual-motor rear wheel drive car, with each wheel powered by a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM). The combined mechanical force of 900 horsepower is equally distributed between the rear two wheels.[13] The resultant torque produced by the car is 720 nm, that helps the car achieve a top speed of 150 miles per hour (240 km/h).[1]

The chassis of the car is designed with a space frame structure, which incorporates rigidity and interlocking geometric pattern to make the frame of the car robust and safe. As this car is still in its prototype phase, no formal safety tests, for example, NHTSA, have been conducted to know the certified robustness of the design. The body panels are made exclusively out of carbon fibre, keeping in mind the material’s high weight to strength ratio.[13] A carbon fibre body-frame allowed the team at Vega Innovations to keep the total weight of the car as low as possible. The power-packs needed to power an electric car accounts for a significant proportion of the total weight of the car. Similarly, in the Vega, the weight of the components required to power an electric car (namely Lithium Ion Batteries) accounts for 1000kg of the 1600kg total weight of the car or around 60% of the car.[11] Vega Innovation’s secondary division, DesignStudio helped in testing the exterior ergonomics’ of the vehicle, to make the body design as aerodynamic as possible.[13]

Unlike most other cars, the Vega only relies on electronics to manage its differential, whereas, other cars may have a mechanical and an electronic differential management system.[13] The car’s eDiff (Electronic Differential) should improve stability and control of the car, as the software-driven algorithm reduced response time of mechanical parts.[13]

The car is powered by a 330V and 40kWh LiFePO4 battery pack. The battery’s total discharge amount for 1200A.[1] The exterior dimensions of the car are length 4,565mm (4.5m), height 1,195mm(1.9m) and the width 1969mm(1.9m).[14]

Impact[edit]

The Vega Supercar project is said to have an enormous impact on Sri Lanka. The Vega will be the first fully electric car designed and produced in the country. Every part used in the building process will be built in Sri Lanka, except the two driving motors and the battery cells, which will be sourced from the United States.[14]

The team at Vega presently consists of over 30 engineers and other personnel, already creating jobs for people in Sri Lanka.[9] The team is likely to expand when the project moves into the manufacturing phase.

Another field of expertise for Vega Innovations is, electrifying combustible engine vehicles with electric means of propulsion. This is projected to have a $2.5 Billion saving in imports of fuel.[11]

Through electrifying the personal transport industry, Sri Lanka will be able to reduce its toxic environment pollution, maintaining its environment.[13]

ChargeNet[edit]

ChargeNet is a subsidiary of CodeGen, operated within Vega Innovations, that specialises in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging networks. It is the first and the largest charging network in Sri Lanka. Currently, it has a user-base of 2000, along with 10 business partners.[15] The charging network spans the entire country with over 50 charging destinations.[12]

Currently, ChargetNet produces two products, Fast Charger and Level 2 (L2) Charger. The Fast Charger is designed for business-use and outputs 30kW/50kW. It features a CHAdeMo standard adapter.[16]

The Level 2 Charger is designed for home and business use and output 3.3kW/6.6kW. It features a J1172 and European standard adapter.[16]

The network uses a simple top-up card system, where funds can be added from anywhere and at any time. The system requires users to log into their respective user accounts and using one of the many payment options to recharge their cards. The system is currently supporting payments from Visa, MasterCard and American Express Credit or Debit Cards. ChargeNet users can attain all the required information for the app that is currently on the iOS and Android platform. For their business partners, ChargeNet has added several customisable features, which help owners generate automated reports, creating invoices, and has promised much more in the near future.[15]

AIGrow[edit]

AIGrow is Sri Lanka’s first Precision Agriculture provider. It aims is to build a data-driven environment for the agricultural industry, which should urbanise the population of Sri Lanka. It uses soil-less and vertical techniques to yield the highest output from the land. The technology implemented reduces land use by 90%. This leads to a minimised carbon emission, more efficient use of land, which should lead to a reduced carbon footprint of Sri Lanka on the world. Vertical farming is generally implemented in greenhouses by AIGrow. The technology combines multiple advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Deep Learning, Autonomous Technologies, and connects local farms with greenhouses.[17]

Challenges[edit]

Sri Lanka has been struck with severe floods in the last few years, some of which have displaced as many as 500,000 people.[18] The problem arises with Sri Lanka's high dependency on agriculture, while the industry accounts for of the national GDP, around of the Sri Lankan population is employed in the agriculture industry. [19] Flooding can instantaneously cause major employment loss and severely affect the lives of farmers, whose sole source of income is farming. This calls for better weather prediction systems, that can help avoid disasters and facilitate smoother evacuation for people in the high-risk areas. AIGrow can build state-of-the-art technology for the Sri Lankan agriculture industry by implementing one of its many advanced technologies, ensuring crop yield is not significantly affected during the time of a flood. [20]

Design Studio[edit]

Vega Innovations has it own design studio that collaborates with other divisions to achieve a target and also sells its services directly to clients. The Design Studio is an end-to-end solution for delivering a product to its client. In the designing stage, Design Studio receives the objectives that are to be met by the creation of the project. It then moves into the prototyping stage where the product is tested with respect to the necessary rigour. Finally, the process moves to manufacturing, where the product can be scaled based on the requirements. [6]

Design Studio focuses on 6 significant themes in their product development process. The next generation of Internet of Things (IOT) combines design architecture, followed by execution and implementation of smart connected devices and automated systems. Seamless connection of devices would enable real-time management of data to accomplish complex tasks. Artificial Intelligence, together with Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Big Data enables the solutions to be data-driven in order to provide efficient business processes. Another advanced technology at Design Studio's disposal is Autonomous Technology, which uses Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms. Together with on-board supercomputers, the technology runs computer vision algorithms. Design Studio designs and constructs electronics, specifically the Printed Circuit Board (PCBs). CAD-based simulations help Design Studio test and fabricate its prototypes, to create samples before the manufacturing process. Client assurance is achieved by the provision of Mobile and Cloud-based solutions that provide operational efficiency, low cost and real-time accessibility at various touch points.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

ChargeNet has been awarded the World Summit Award (WSA) as the ‘best and most innovative Digital innovation with high impact on society in 2017', in the category of ‘Smart Settlement and Urbanisation’. It is the only Sri Lankan company to feature on the ‘World’s Top 40 Digital Innovators 2017’.[citation needed]

ChargeNet was awarded the award for the best product innovation at the SLASSCOM Sri Lanka Innovation Sumit, in 2018.[21]

AIGrow was nominated to represent Sri Lanka at the 2018 United Nations World Summit Awards (WSA). At the conference, AIGrow was selected among the best companies in the Environment and Green category, along with over 400 other nominations from 200 UN member states. [17] AIGrow was awarded the Digital Social Impact Award by the ICTA Sri Lanka in 2018.[17]

The Supercar received a featured article from the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), in February 2015. The article described the Vega as “lunacy”, and made comparisons with other notable supercar companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official website: VEGA INNOVATIONS | [ www.vega.lk ]