Malaysia

Prasarana to introduce electric buses in 2014

May 30, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd plans to introduce electric buses for public transportation in two years’ time to support the government’s green environment initiatives.

Prasarana Group Director for the Bus Division, Zohari Sulaiman said they would acquire between 10 and 15 buses initially before making it a blanket requirement.

“The electric buses that we’re looking for are actually battery operated buses and it’s a better option to support a green environment… and it’s costly now for investment but over time, it will be far better for the long-term compared with diesel buses.

“For the electric bus technology, the most important thing is battery protection,” he told reporters at the ‘Ride for Green Campaign’ in conjunction with World Environment Day (WED) here today.

He said the cost of an electric bus could reach RM1.2 million compared with that of a diesel bus which costs between RM100,000 and RM500,000 from China and around RM700,000 from Europe.

The electric buses, which could last between 250km and 300km per charge, would serve selected routes and depots because they require special charging facilities. — Bernama