The in­tro­duc­tion of hy­brid bus could po­ten­tially be part of a fu­ture modern fleet of pub­lic trans­porta­tion in Iskan­dar Malaysia. The first hy­brid bus

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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.

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