MGCC signs MoU for 100 electric buses in Malaysia

MGCC signs MoU for 100 electric buses in Malaysia

The Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaya Green Builder Energy Sdn Bhd (MGBE) and KC Express Company Limited (KC Express), a Taiwan-based company specialising in total mobility solutions for the introduction of electric buses as part of the development of low-carbon cities through foreign direct investments (FDIs), The Malaysian Reserve reported.

Previously known as Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), MGCC estimates that up to RM150 million of investments from potential local investors will go towards the implementation of 100 electric buses for public transit. Several implementation mechanisms will be explored, including outright purchase, leasing and transit-oriented developments, CEO of MGCC Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor said.

“This effort will not only help us address climate change, but also improve the local green economy and create green jobs for Malaysians,” the CEO said. Tenaga Nasional is trialling three EV buses at Universiti Tenaga Nasional, and Sarawak Energy is testing three hydrogen-powered EV buses in Kuching, he added.

MGCC signs MoU for 100 electric buses in Malaysia

Putra NEDO EV Bus

KC Express is a mobility solutions provider with 17 years experience in Taiwan, while Malaya Green Builder Energy Sdn Bhd (MGBE) is the local representative for KC Express in Malaysia.

Previous electric bus pilot programmes include the Putra NEDO EV Bus project which commenced December 2017 in Putrajaya, which involved four electric buses, as well as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Sunway by Rapid KL, which had 15 buses and was launched in June 2015.

The Putra NEDO EV Bus project saw the appointment of DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (DEFTECH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom as the manufacturer of the country’s first Super Quick Charge (SQC) electric vehicle, the Putra NEDO EV Bus which has a range of 30 km and is charged by overhead pantographs.

Meanwhile for the BRT Sunway line, the 15 buses earmarked are made by BYD, where each has a passenger capacity of 67 persons and has a range of 250 km, or sufficient for 23 trips a day.

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Comments

  • dream_125 on Mar 13, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    “up to RM150 million of investments from potential local investors will go towards the implementation of 100 electric buses”

    RM150 million for 100 buses sounds quite expensive? RM1.5 million for each bus?

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    • William Teh on Mar 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Mana Iriz EV? Itu paling penting. I want to support my national car company Proton!!! I want to buy EV but my National car company got no EV

      I am so sad

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      • Celup King on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm

        I am sadder still since Perodua showed the Kenari Hybrid to the world in 2003, Malaysians have been waiting patiently for the first Malaysian hybrid car. Now, in 2019, after 17 years still no sign of anything hybrid from Perodua. Yet Perodua fanboys still talk as if they are some kind of gamechanger but in reality they are soon gameover.

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    • Songlap Songlap Malaysia on Mar 15, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Rm1.5 million per bus? OMG. Even helicopter also can buy RM500k

      Ha ha ha ha. Songlap lagi.

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      • Rakyat Malaysia on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:18 pm

        Hahaha! Fine example of you don’t know what you’re talking about. EV buses are expensive and the BYD EV bus bought for sunway BRT is upwards of RM1mil. Goes to show you know nothing but you still make noise for the sake of making noise.

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    • Buduh on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:21 am

      Pndai mengira tk ni..?

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  • Songlap Songlap Malaysia on Mar 13, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Was this the same company that used Government money to buy 100 Tesla cars at RM1 million each 5 years ago?

    Today, what happened to those Tesla cars? All hilang. At that time, they also said it was for green purposes.

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  • vivizurianti on Mar 13, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    So, who will be the cronies for supplying, operating maintaining, training, etc for the electric buses?

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    • klguy on Mar 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      bro can see in the pictures….

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    • Razlan Harrisr on Mar 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      They can’t even launch their own EV car, they want to syiok sendiri do this.

      Own National Car company also must sell to China to survive.

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      • Engineer on Mar 15, 2020 at 5:20 pm

        Greentech doesn’t have their own EV car. They did brought in a Tesla fleet for government trial purposes but since returned them. Get your narrative right and not go Timbuktu.

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  • YB Albert Kunci Kunta on Mar 13, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Instead of the 3rd national car,we should be producing the first national bus.
    Now DRB is given contract to source overseas.,and spend millions and millions of tax dollars.Someone is giving out contracts at record speed,without due diligence.Just disgusting and unacceptable.

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    • William Teh on Mar 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      biasalah, the lazy people need handouts all the time. What do you expect?

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    • Truckers on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      What do you mean first national bus? Buses in Malaysia are primarily local bodied. Even the pictured Nadi Putra bus are done by a local body builder which is one of the largest in Asean. So what nonsense is this.

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  • Dylan Ch'ng on Mar 13, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    hydrogen.

    why not malaysia take the risk and pioneer hygroden? It will be forever known in the future as the country that saved the world.

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    • We are diversifed. Malaysia also invested to support hydrogen fuel vehicle.

      https://paultan.org/2019/05/28/sarawak-to-set-up-three-in-one-fuel-stations-hydrogen-electricity-fossil-fuels/

      https://paultan.org/2019/10/11/handal-to-jointly-develop-fcev-race-car-in-malaysia/

      your suggestion is too risky, gambling for biased preference.

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    • Because hydrogen need huge amount of energy to produce and expensive to transport and store,

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    • dream_125 on Mar 15, 2020 at 4:49 am

      It’s “a Taiwan-based company”.

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  • After changed so many projects came in

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  • 30km range? What kind of a bus has a range this short?

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