New electric buses will be introduced into service in Putrajaya sometime in the second quarter of next year, theSundaily reports. According to Gets Global, 150 electric buses will be incorporated into its bus fleet to replace existing NGV buses, and this will be done in stages, with the first five buses set to be deployed by Q2 2018.

The switch to electric buses is in line with the company’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and noise pollution in the federal administrative capital, Gets Global MD Datuk Che Azizuddin Che Ismail explained.

“Such a move would greatly improve Putrajaya’s public transportation service as well as realising the vision of making Putrajaya a green living city by 2025,” he said during the signining of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Gets Global and Putrajaya Leisures & Services Group (Pulse Group) yesterday.

He added that that fare structure for the service was yet to be determined, but the company is looking into providing the bus service for free to the public if the operational cost could be subsidised by the government. The current bus fare charged by Nadi Putra, the company that currently operates gas-powered buses in Putrajaya, is 50 sen per ride.

“The current trend in the cities worldwide is to give free bus service to the public. Hence, if our operational cost can be subsidised by other sources of revenue, we definitely would not mind providing the service for free,” he said.