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.
Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohammad has officiated the pilot testing for the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) system.
The system started its pilot project to test the capabilities of the buses as well as the use of green technology in line with the modernisation of the public transport system in Johor.
His arrival was welcomed by Chairman of the Johor State Public Works, Transportation, and Infrastructure Committee, Mohd Solihan Badri, and Chief Executive of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.
Three types of buses
Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohammad officiating the pilot test project before inspecting the scale model of the IMBRT station and visiting three types of buses considered for the feeder, direct and main routes from a total of nine other green technology buses that will be tested for the IMBRT project.
He then boarded the high-capacity bus that passed through Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Jalan Laksamana 1, Jalan Laksamana 2 and Persiaran Dato’ Seri Amar before returning to the starting point.
The pilot testing will run for three months using electric and biodiesel-based green technology buses from nine local and international bus suppliers.
IRDA and related agencies will also conduct assessments, collect feedback on the effectiveness and safety of the buses as well as obtain approval for its actual use in the future.
In his speech, Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohammad said the BRT project is important to increase the mobility of the people in the state.
“This service will ensure an efficient, convenient and environmentally-friendly public transportation system, covering a wide range of areas.”
“I am confident that it will be a catalyst for development, not only for the Iskandar Malaysia area, but for the entire state of Johor,” he added.
IRDA Chief Executive, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim stressed that an efficient and integrated public transport infrastructure is important to attract foreign and domestic investments, thus increasing the attractiveness of the development corridor.
“This IMBRT project is expected to create up to 35,000 jobs and increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Johor,” he added.
The project has identified feeder, direct, and main routes that reach 2,043 kilometers or about 90 per cent of the populated areas in Iskandar Malaysia.
When fully implemented, the IMBRT will be able to connect 55 feeder routes and 44 direct routes with the main route covering 33 stations.
More information on the project can be found via official social media channels of Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT).
The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has announced that the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) project is now moving forward into the next phase.
The next phase involves a pilot testing programme, which will be conducted by IRDA along the Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar between Horizon Hill and Anjung in Medini for a duration of three months beginning 8 April 2021.
The IMBRT Pilot Testing programme will see the involvement of nine bus suppliers that will conduct a demonstration of the latest green bus technologies including electric and biodiesel. The participating suppliers will showcase buses ranging from 6 metres, 12 metres to 32 metres.
The IMBRT is a strategic national initiative to develop a reliable and convenient bus transit system to improve accessibility and enhance the quality of life of the communities in Iskandar Malaysia. It is the first comprehensive state-level implementation of a BRT system in the country and will serve as the backbone of the public transportation infrastructure in Iskandar Malaysia.
Implemented by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the transit system would provide bus services with a wider network coverage and reach, via feeder, direct and trunk services, interconnecting with other transit services.
A study will also be undertaken by the Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS) to assess the performance of the Automated Rapid Transit (ART), especially its turning, maneuverability, and lane-changing capabilities on the road. Meanwhile, the 6-metre buses will undergo testing to gauge feasibility of feeder routes as well as battery life span (per trip) for the electric buses.
Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of IRDA said, “This Pilot Testing programme is a significant milestone for the IMBRT as the project goes into full gear. Iskandar Malaysia needs to be well connected to grow as a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing. This is only possible with the support of a reliable public transportation system that has a wide coverage such as the IMBRT.”
Enhancing the public transportation system
Billed as the backbone of public transportation in Iskandar Malaysia, the IMBRT’s primary goal is to enhance public transportation coverage within the region from 39 percent to 90 percent and increase public transportation modal share from 15 percent to 40 percent by 2025.
It also aims to boost accessibility and connectivity, which will play a critical role in contributing to economic growth of key sectors and urbanisation of Iskandar Malaysia, as well as to reduce the region’s transport sector’s carbon footprint by using green transportation.
Rudyanto Azhar, Head of BRTIM Sdn Bhd, the special purpose vehicle of the IMBRT said, “We have identified the BRT as the preferred transit mode for the region under the Iskandar Malaysia Transportation Blueprint 2010 – 2030 because it is a strategic, sustainable, and more cost-effective to construct compared to rail.”
The IMBRT will provide 55 feeder and 44 direct services, bringing the total network coverage to 2,051 km or approximately 90 percent of the populated area of Iskandar Malaysia. Whilst the IMBRT’s main trunk line has a span of 54.92km across Skudai, Tebrau, and Iskandar Puteri.
It will consist of 33 stations, with one hub in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on the Skudai Line. The main trunk line will also have two end stations — one in Desa Jaya on the Tebrau Line and the other in Anjung on the Iskandar Puteri Line.