Scania Biofuel and Electric Buses Begin Testing in Johor
Scania has started pilot-testing renewable fuels and electrification solutions in Malaysia, with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) for the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT).
Scania will be test-running two buses over the 20-kilometre loop route from 11 to 15 April – a 10-metre Bio-diesel for schedule passengers, and a 12-metre Electric development project for IRDA’s technical team only. The 15-metre High Capacity bus is also available for test ride by IRDA.
The launch was officiated by YAB Datuk Ir Haji Hasni Haji Muhammad, The Chief Minister of Johor cum co-Chairman of IRDA and YBhg Prof Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, the Chief Executive Officer of IRDA. Representing Scania Malaysia was Heba Eltarifi, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia.
The 10-metre Bio-diesel Bus from Scania runs on B100. FAME-prepared Scania buses run on all blends of diesel and biodiesel ranging from B10, B20 and even up to B100. It is environmentally-friendly – lowering global emissions by reducing CO2 to limit the effects of climate change.
Riding this bus more also helps to increase the rakyat’s wealth by spurring the rapid development of the Malaysia’s palm oil industry. FAME is the abbreviation for Fatty Acid Methyl Esters which is the technical term for the bio-diesel that is produced in Malaysia.
The 12-metre Electric Bus development project by Scania and Partners eliminates tailpipe emission and lowers noise pollution with an electric drive train.
The operation more efficient, the ride more comfortable and safe, creating a positive passenger experience. With brighter and more spacious interior due to a simpler yet advanced setup, it is easier to maintain and to be kept clean.
The 15-metre High Capacity Bus from Scania increases revenue while lowering costs for operators. It comes with additional seats for passengers, air-suspension, steered rear axle, built-in safety systems – Electronic Braking System EBS, Advanced Emergency Braking AEB, Manual and Automatic Retarder System and Speed Limiter – all of these for a safer and more comfortable ride for passengers and drive for drivers in an urban environment.
“Scania’s purpose is to take the lead in driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. Our participation in today’s event is a testament of Scania’s on-going drive towards achieving our far-reaching 2050 commitment in reducing the carbon footprint to net zero,” stated Heba.
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