The introduction of hybrid bus could potentially be part of a future modern fleet of public transportation in Iskandar Malaysia. The first hybrid bus
A MEMORANDUM of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Mitsui & Co, Ltd (Mitsui), Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM), Hino Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (HMSM) and Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Handal Indah) to bring to Medini City, Iskandar Puteri, Johor, the first hybrid bus in Malaysia.
Mitsui and MIM had invited Hino to conduct its trial run through Medini City. The trial run of the hybrid bus will go on for five months starting last month.
The bus is operated by Handal Indah and there are six routes for the trial run, one of them is the Iskandar Puteri route that allows commuters to travel from Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal to Larkin Sentral via Medini.
The MOU was signed at a perfect time as it is aligned with Iskandar Malaysia’s Low Carbon Society Blueprint, where it aims to reduce carbon intensity in Iskandar Malaysia by 58% by 2025.
The introduction of hybrid buses could potentially be part of a future modern fleet of public transportation in Iskandar Malaysia, where they can offer an economical and clean public transport system.
“A big part of Iskandar Malaysia’s journey towards becoming a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing focuses on green environment and smart city living. We embrace ideas and initiatives that contribute towards these two agendas. As such, the possibility of having hybrid buses transporting people across the region is something very exciting and inspiring,” says chief executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.
Medini City, the central business district of Iskandar Puteri, is a catalytic development within Iskandar Malaysia led by MIM. With its vision of becoming the icon of future city living, Medini is paving its way as a smart city development.
A shareholder of MIM, Mitsui brings with them a wealth of experience in smart city development in Medini City. Mitsui is also a collaborator of Hino for future marketing of Iskandar bus rapid transit project.
Managing director/chief executive officer of MIM Dr James Tee says, “Medini City will ultimately produce a smart and sustainable community where residents, visitors and investors alike can experience a place that is uniquely liveable, connected, efficient and safe. By delivering smart solutions such as the hybrid bus initiative, we look forward to seeing local bus operators including hybrid bus models in their fleet.”
Being the first bus with hybrid technology to enter Malaysia, Hino Hybrid Bus has the potential to be one of the energy-efficient vehicles (EEV) in the future. Powered by a Euro 3 engine, this hybrid bus has the advantage in improving fuel efficiency with the combination of diesel engine and battery in Hino’s new HV system.
This feature will improve fuel saving compared to a conventional diesel engine city bus. Apart from that, the hybrid technology reduces carbon dioxide emission, hence it is environmentally friendly.
Designed with wider air suspension for extra riding comfort, this is a low-floor designed chassis and has flexibility for special needs and is able to cater up to 75 passengers including those who are standing.
Thus, Hino Hybrid Bus will venture into a new market segment in Malaysia with a class of its own in near future.
“Unique aspects of commercial vehicles include their comparatively large size and loading capacity, the long distances they travel, and their wide array of uses and places where they are used. Taking into account these varying conditions, Hino considers the environmental technologies that would be suitable,” says managing director of HMSM Ken Iwamoto.
Chief executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority Datuk Ismail Ibrahim (third from left) and other senior officials with the Hino Hybrid Bus.
The Hino Hybrid bus is environmentally friendly as it reduces carbon dioxide emissions.